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The Rock Family Worship Center Becomes an ECFA Certified Church

HUNTSVILLE, AL – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the certification of The Rock Family Worship Center of Huntsville, AL.

IRS Issues Form 990 Reminders Regarding Deadline and Protecting Donors' Personal Information

The IRS issued a reminder this week to tax-exempt organizations that operate on a calendar year for tax purposes that the deadline to file Form 990-series information returns is May 15, 2018.

EO Director Not High-Level Official for Church Audit Purposes

The US District Court of South Carolina recently ruled that the director of Exempt Organizations Divisions does not hold a high enough rank in the IRS bureaucracy to initiate church tax audits (United States v. Bible Study Time, Inc.). 

Appeal Process Begins in Minister's Housing Allowance Case; ECFA Responds

The minister’s housing allowance faces its next battle in a 7-years-and-counting war with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wisconsin federal district court ruled in October 2017 that the housing exclusion for minister-provided housing is unconstitutional, a ruling that could ultimately strike down the allowance nationwide, resulting in nearly $1 billion in new taxes for ministers across the country. An appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was filed by Chicago-area pastors in early February 2018.

Trinity Church Becomes an ECFA Certified Church

MIAMI, FL – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the certification of Trinity Church of Miami, FL.

Harbor Christian Center Becomes an ECFA Certified Church

GIG HARBOR, WA – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the certification of Harbor Christian Center of Gig Harbor, WA.

Congress Calls for Data to Support Universal Charitable Deduction

The near doubling of the standard deduction by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is projected to have a negative, albeit unintentional, impact on charitable giving, and Congress is in need of additional data to support the need for a Universal Charitable Deduction to protect givers’ tax incentive.

California Attorney General Issues Cease-and-Desist Orders Due to Gifts-in-Kind Valuation

The interpretation of state laws regarding gifts-in-kind reporting has come into question following a cease-and-desist notice regarding the inclusion of certain language in fundraising appeals to three nonprofits by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Donors Not as Concerned About Overhead as Believed

According to a recent study by Grey Matters Research, a consumer insights company, donors may not be as concerned about an organization's overhead ratio as is widely assumed.

Rockpoint Church Becomes an ECFA Certified Church

LAKE ELMO, MN – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the certification of Rockpoint Church of Lake Elmo, MN.

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