Where’s My 1040 Refund?

While IRS issues the majority of taxpayer refunds in less than 21 days for electronically filed returns, in some cases return processing can be delayed. If it has been more than 21 days since your tax preparer electronically filed your return, or 6 or more weeks since you mailed in a paper copy of your…

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How do we pay nonexempt staff for after-hours communications?

Generally, non-exempt employees are paid hourly. We recommend instructing non-exempt employees to track all their time worked and prohibit working off the clock. Churches may use any timekeeping method they choose as long as it’s accurate and capturing all the required information (see below). For example, you may use a time clock, have a timekeeper keep track…

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Solar Credits Maximized in 2019, Decrease in Future Years

Under current tax law, the federal government allows 1040 filers to deduct 30% of the costs of installing a solar energy system, with no cap on the amount you can spend. However, these energy credits start to decrease after 2019. In 2020, you will only get a credit of 26% of your costs. In 2021,…

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What are Self-Employment Taxes?

If you are new to Ministry, it’s possible that you’ve never heard of self-employment taxes before, much less paid them. One common mistake for new Ministers is filing the 1040 without taking self-employment taxes into account, which can result in a big bill later when your 1040 return gets corrected by IRS. When you work…

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