Time to review PTO policies?

Even if your church is not located in a state or city with a mandatory PTO sick leave law, you should be proactive and make sure that the church’s PTO and sick leave policies are clearly defined and clearly communicated to employees. Even if your church is exempt from FMLA, it may be in the…

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Get the Most Out Of Your Charitable Giving

Charitable donations can do more than help your church, they can save you a lot of money come tax time. Whether you are looking to give $50 or $5,000 there are a slew of ways to maximize the gift of giving. The benefits primarily center around tax deductions. You are able to take dollar-for-dollar deductions….

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What is FICA?

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act is the federal law that requires you to withhold two separate taxes from the wages you earn. It includes Social Security Tax and Medicare Tax at a flat percentage rate. The Social Security Tax is 6.2% rate of your wages, and the Medicare Tax is 1.45% of your wages. You’re…

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401(k) & 403(b) Contributions Limits Increased for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost‑of‑living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $17,500 to $18,000. The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50…

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Still Time to Act to Avoid Surprises at Tax-Time

Even though only a few months remain in 2014, you still have time to act so you aren’t surprised at tax-time next year. You should take steps now to avoid owing more taxes than you expect. Here are some actions you can take to bring the taxes you pay in advance closer to what you’ll…

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Extended Tax Deadline Expires Oct. 15

If you are one of the nearly 13 million taxpayers who asked for more time to file your federal tax return this year, the extra time is about to expire. If you owe taxes the best way to pay them is with IRS Direct Pay. It’s the simple, quick and free way to pay from…

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