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Supreme Court Allows State Funding in Church Playground Case

The United States Supreme Court ruled in late June that states cannot exclude religious organizations when distributing grant funding for state programs where the money is for a nonreligious purpose. In a 7-2 ruling, the court sided with Trinity Lutheran Church in the case challenging Missouri’s decision to bar it from receiving funds in a […]

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Non-Profit Public Disclosure Requirements

Internal Revenue Code Section (IRC Sec.) 6104 has established the guidelines by which all tax-exempt organizations classified as “public charities” are required to make certain information available for inspection by the general public. Since all religious organizations, including churches, denominations, and associations of churches fall within this category this means your ministry is subject to […]

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Individual’s Ministry and Writing Activities Not Deductible

Recently the tax courts disallowed the losses a minister claimed on his income tax return for ministry and book writing expenses. The Court ruled that because the minister did not engage in his ministry and book writing activities primarily for profit, the deductions attributable to the activities were limited to the gross income he derived […]

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