Nonprofit and Church Accounting Blog

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May 09, 2017

Keep Pledge information confidential

Using Quick Books, how do churches keep the member pledges confidential? Our Financial Secretary is the only person that should have access to who pledges,

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May 06, 2017

Multiple Church Incomes under the same denomination going towards housing allowace

I have an approved housing allowance through my denomination. This is used against my online donations for a church planting pastor (somewhat like missions

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Apr 24, 2017

Quarterly Checking Account Balance Brought Forward

How should the checking account balance brought forward from the end of the previous quarter be recorded in the following quarter report? At our

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Apr 18, 2017

Married Pastoral Couples and Housing Allowance Designation

If a married couple are both designated as ministers, can both have a housing allowance recognizing they will only be able to deduct the actual allowable

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Apr 18, 2017

Daughter Full Time Minister Living with Parents

My daughter is single and still living at home. She has become a full-time kids pastor. If she lives at home can the parents charge her rent and it

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Apr 18, 2017

Quickbooks Online

Two of the issues with any software is where it resides, and how many people can use it. We started using Quickbooks Online (QBO) about 8 years ago.

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Apr 18, 2017

I have a question about being paid as an ocassional worship leader

I have been trying to find a definitive answer to this question. I lead worship for a pastor friend of mine occasionally. I receive a check from the

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Apr 09, 2017

How to reimburse pastor for a cash payment he made to contractor

One of our church members cleans our building for $50/week, which I normally write a check for. One week I was out sick and the pastor paid him out of

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Apr 09, 2017

Aplos Software for Church and Nonprofits

Aplos Software recommended by FreeChurchAccounting.

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Apr 06, 2017

Housing allowance with no church salary

I am an ordained Assembly of God pastor of a very small new church. I do not get paid anything from the church. I teach at the local middle school. Can

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Apr 06, 2017

how do you correct for a w-2 that has the housing allowance in box1 of the w-2

how do you correct for a w-2 that has the housing allowance in box1 of the w-2 Vickey's reply: The issuer will have to file a W-2c. If you file the paper

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Mar 29, 2017

Part-Time Interim Pastor

We are in the process of searching for a part-time interim pastor. He would have no authority in the governance of the church but would preach on Sunday

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Mar 27, 2017

Housing expenses in two states

I serve churches in two states (NC and NY) and have housing expenses in each, about 6 months in both states. How should the housing allowance be set up

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Mar 27, 2017

How to report Housing Allowance (only) on a W-3

If you report 100% of the pastoral donations as housing allowance, how would you fill out a w-3 form if the minister is the only employee with no other

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Mar 19, 2017

moving expenses & storage unit expenses

I am a retired minister. I have 2 questions re Housing Allowance. 1. I have placed furniture and other household goods in a storage unit until I can

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