Preparing for Year-End and 2017 – Payroll Compliance:

Is your church concerned about payroll compliance? Beware, the IRS is hiring 700 new revenue agents whose only job will be to hunt down payroll-law violations. That means intense new scrutiny of your W-2s, 1099s, 1095s and other payroll tax reporting compliance. Last year, 60% of clergy W-2 forms were issued in error by churches and payroll…

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New 2017 Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

21st Century Cures Act Signed President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law thus creating an option for small businesses to offer employees a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) that is funded by the employer. Beginning January 1, 2017, the maximum employees can receive per year through the HRA is $4,950 for individuals who…

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IRS Announces 2017 Mileage Rate for Churches

2017 Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rates   The Internal Revenue Service has issued its 2017 optional standard mileage rates. Effective January 1st, 2017, the IRS standard rate will be 53.5 cents per mile driven for ministry or business purposes (The new rate is down from 54 cents per mile for 2016 because of lower gas prices. )….

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Can We Accept Expired ID for the I-9?

Question A newly-hired employee cannot come up with proper identification for the Form I-9. He has presented an expired state ID, but no other documentation. I assume we can’t accept the expired documentation. Can we still have him work or should we let him go? Answer You are correct that you may not accept an…

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Protect your Financial Data

Due to the sensitive nature of your data, cybercriminals increasingly target the financial data. Thieves use a variety of tactics, from remote computer takeovers to phishing scams. Identity thieves are a formidable enemy. Data breaches are increasing in number and scope. Thieves often use the stolen identity information to file tax returns. As a tax preparer,…

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Next Step for Overtime

Next Steps for Churches Because of the injunction, churches that had planned to reclassify salaried, exempt employees who earned between $23,660 and $47,476 as hourly, nonexempt employees can simply maintain their current pay practices. However, churches should start tracking those employees’ hours because if the preliminary injunction is overturned, the plaintiffs’ bar likely will argue…

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