April 6, 2016
For many ministries and their employees, April is a triple tax-deadline month. Does your ministry have the following dates circled on its calendar?
Form 1040-ES: Estimated Tax for Individuals. If your pastor makes quarterly estimated tax payments instead of voluntary withholding, the first filing and payment is due by April 18, 2016, using Form 1040-ES. It’s important to note that the church does not make these payments for the pastor. The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) is the easiest way to pay federal taxes for individuals, and includes options for federal tax deposits, installment agreements, and estimated tax payments. Pastors can also access payment history using EFTPS.
The remaining individual quarterly tax payments are due June 15, September 15, and January 17, 2017.
Form 1040: Individual Income Tax Return. For most pastors and ministry staff, April 18, 2016, is tax day. Whether your pastor reports income taxes as an employee or self-employed, filing a Form 1040 is required. Pastors who have requested, and have received, an exemption from Social Security are not exempt from paying federal income taxes.
Form 941: Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return. Ministries that withhold income taxes, Social Security or Medicare tax from employee’s paychecks, or must pay the employer’s portion, will file Form 941 by this date. A separate Form 941 is required at the end of each quarter: July 31 and October 31, 2016, and January 31, 2017.
Form 941 does not apply to all. Some ministries may have received IRS permission to file annually by using Form 944. This form reduces the burden on small employers by allowing them to file one return per year. To see if your ministry qualifies, click here.
With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s wise for ministries to evaluate their fire safety plan. Whether your ministry is hosting a holiday party, prepping treats for charity, or running a community kitchen, make sure you’re well-prepared with these tips.
As school is back in session, it’s important to make sure your school is equipped with the correct safety procedures. Thinking about your school’s physical security as a series of layers can help you find gaps in your plan. Transportation and volunteers are just two important aspects of your school safety plan to think about.
Anyone who turns on the news, flips through a magazine, or browses the web can see that American society and culture are experiencing rapid transitions. Some ministries have valid concerns that issues surrounding societal shifts may expose them to negative publicity, governmental scrutiny, or litigation.
The questions become: when and how can ministries operate within their deeply held religious beliefs when they may conflict with others’ rights?
Cyber security is increasingly crucial in our technologically advanced world. Scammers use many schemes when attempting to steal your data, but you can outsmart them by understanding their methods.
Most ministry leaders don’t realize there is funding available to non-profit employers including churches, schools, colleges, and camps. This post includes some highlights about the credit and guidance on where to start to see if your ministry is eligible.
If your church is anything like mine, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a big deal. Not just because it is central to our ministry’s outreach to young families, but because of the important role that VBS plays in the spiritual formation of children.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Though child abuse may not be something you could ever imagine happening within your ministry, sexual abuse of a minor is one of the top five reasons churches end up in court, according to Church Law & Tax. Studies also show that a child is much more likely to be sexually abused by a trusted adult than a stranger.
When severe storms strike, they can produce high winds and tornadoes. Damaging winds can wreak havoc on your ministry’s property and to buildings. A high wind event can crash debris through your windows, strip your siding, down trees on your parking lot, peel shingles off your roof, and fling back the flashing.
Thieves are taking advantage of soaring precious metal prices. Take steps to protect your ministry’s vehicles and property.
As the Director of Ministry Safety for our agency, I am dedicated to finding ways to help safeguard ministries like yours.
As temperatures plummet, the risk of freezing pipes soars. Frozen pipes can cause costly messes that could also put your ministry on hold while you clean up.
On behalf of our agency, I recently participated in one such training which focused on strategies and tactics for responding as a single officer to an active safety threat in a school building.
If you’re anything like me (and maybe the rest of the world for that matter), you’re grateful to put the craziness of the past year behind us.
Preparing for this Christmas season may require additional creativity, due to the uncertainty of what COVID-19 may bring in our local community.
A mid-November deadline in the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) bankruptcy proceedings may have you wondering what the organization’s bankruptcy filing means for your ministry if you ever hosted or chartered Boy Scout Troops.
Organizations that obtained Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding through the CARES Act can have their loans forgiven, turning them into grants. To qualify, each borrower must file a forgiveness application with its PPP lender, proving that it followed the rules. If your church, school, college, or camp meets all the criteria, 100% of its loan can be forgiven.
Ministries are creatively scrambling to continue their operations and safely engage their congregations with an array of online technologies during the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, hackers are ready to take advantage of the confusion with scams designed to steal valuable data or siphon funds from your ministry.
Learn about the CARES Act and two loans for which ministries may be eligible, since Congress authorized additional funding April 23.