How Do I Get a Copy of a Social Security Earnings Report?

In the past, the Social Security Administration sent an annual statement of your earnings to you by mail. In 2011, the administration discontinued this service to workers younger than age 60. However, you can still access a basic earnings report for free online or request one by mail. A basic report lists your combined earnings…

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Best Practices for Churches with 1099 Individuals

IRS Form 1099 reports to the Federal government various types of taxable income paid to contractors and vendors. There are versions of the 1099 to report payments for services as well as interest, dividends, and real estate sale proceeds. This form is issued by churches to guest speakers, pulpit supply, etc., who provide services in…

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The True Cost of Online Tax Software

The research is in. You can get a larger tax refund by using a Clergy Tax Advisor. The initial price of tax software ranges from $29.95 to $104.99. While that doesn’t sound expensive, it’s a small part of the total cost. The true cost of tax software is more than just the price you pay…

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7 Steps to Avoid a Tax Audit

One of the most dreaded outcomes of filing your taxes is receiving notification that the Internal Revenue Service would like to administer a tax audit on you. In the simplest terms, a tax audit is an examination of your tax returns to verify that your income and deductions are accurate. The IRS examines your tax…

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IRS Dumps Proposal to Ask Charities for SSNs of Donors

The Internal Revenue Service has dropped a proposed regulation giving tax-exempt organizations the option of providing the Social Security Numbers of their donors. The rule, which the IRS and the Treasury Department proposed last September, called on charities to ask for additional personal donor information, including Social Security numbers for any donation of $250 or…

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Clergy Estimated Tax Payments

Clergy are subject to estimated tax payments on a quarterly basis which include federal, social security and state taxes. For example, when you receive clergy income in the first quarter of the year, the taxes are due at the end of that quarter. The year is divided into four payment periods, or due dates, for…

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Beware – Clergy Audits are on the Rise!

During tax season and throughout the year, IRS agents carefully review every tax return that comes across their desks. However, agents take a second glance if they catch something on a return that seems abnormal. These categories often include charitable contributions, ministry expenses reported on form 2106, SE income, IRC 265 and other business expenses.  This…

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Tips to Protect Your Personal Information While Online

Clergy Financial Resources urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important steps to help protect your tax and financial information and guard against identity theft. Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers…

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