Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations: Benefits and Responsibilities under the Federal Tax Law


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Internal Revenue Service, 2015. Accessed April 14, 2017.

The IRS makes this illuminating booklet available to help churches and other religious organizations ensure their compliance with the current federal tax code. The table of contents includes the following topics: tax-exempt status and how congregations may unintentionally jeopardize it, reimbursement of business expenses, recordkeeping and the length of time that records must be kept, paying employee taxes, tax audits in relationship to religious organizations, and housing allowances and other regulations relevant for clergy compensation. Readers may wish to read both the introduction and the glossary before delving into the specific details of the document. Congressional actions impact the federal tax code, making the booklet’s information subject to change. To counter this possibility, additional websites and contact information are included to ensure that churches and other religious organizations can access the most recent federal tax information as it applies to them.

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