USA: Latest editions of tax resources for ministers now available

The 2018 editions of Ministers’ Taxes Made Easy and Church Reporting Made Easy (for church treasurers) are now available from Pensions and Benefits USA, Church of the Nazarene. Prepared by the staff of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), these free guides include samples of two completed ministers’ federal income tax returns and forms that must be filed by churches to comply with government requirements.

“Many approach tax season with anxiety,” said Don Walter, director of Pensions and Benefits USA. “These resources provide support from knowledgeable specialists to bring a higher level of comfort to ministers and treasurers in their tax preparation and government reporting.”

Walter added that recent tax reform by Congress may affect ministers in the year ahead.

“In particular, the deduction or tax-free treatment of moving expenses, and the deduction of unreimbursed employee expenses went away as of January 1, 2018, although they remain in effect for the 2017 tax year just ended," he said. "Under the new rules, having an accountable expense reimbursement plan is now more important than ever.”

Ministers can find more information on tax reform and its impact on clergy and churches at pbusa.org or subscribe to P&B eNews for updates.

Additional tax and compensation assistance is also available in the online P&B Tax Memos series.

--Pensions and Benefits USA

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