This site and the topics covered (see below) will help you take out the mystery and bust the myths of Church accounting and nonprofit accounting. The materials are based on accounting best practices, facts and federal tax codes that are specific to small churches and nonprofit organizations.
Two things many small churches and nonprofits have in common is volunteer help and frequent turnovers. So it is so important to have an accounting system set up that is simple to learn and use!
Aplos was designed by a CPA/Executive Pastor so each section of the software was made with a non-accountant in mind so it’s simple to manage you organization’s accounting even if you don’t have any accounting experience!
See my review on the user-friendly fund accounting software: Aplos
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This site is a great place to start for those with little or no accounting knowledge and for those with experience who may want a refresher as finance laws continue to change.
Whatever experience you have, the congregation expects the treasurer to "take care" of the finances of the church. But many churches are not aware of the complex finance issues, what actions need to occur to be compliant and documentation needed to lessen liability for the church and protect its’ congregation, pastor and staff.
Many years ago to assist our church's secretary, I created easy to use accounting workbooks and spreadsheets. She loved them and told several other church secretaries and treasurers about them. They got hold of me and asked if they could use them for their churches. They also wanted additional pointers on setting up a good accounting system and other church accounting issues.
Even with a seasoned accounting background...church and nonprofit accounting was different from commercial accounting and sadly there wasn't much on the internet about the basics of church accounting at that time. And this site was born. It gave me an opportunity to share my knowledge of church and nonprofit accounting, resources, tools and my accounting spreadsheets as well. Who would have ever imagined this site would expand to include a 1500 pages, reader posts and comments!
This soft cover book covers a vast area of church and minister tax issues such as:
The nonprofit accounting spreadsheets offered free on this site are easy to use and work well for small or start up churches or nonprofits. However, please be aware that they are they are a single entry bookkeeping system (see the difference between single and double entry systems), they cannot track your assets and liabilities and cannot generate a balance sheet. A Balance Sheet has to be created separately using a template like the one found at the bottom of this page: Balance Sheet Example
If you have a large chart of accounts, need to track assets and liabilities, have multiple funds to track, please consider using a full bodied double entry accounting system built especially for churches such as Aplos. See my Aplos review!
In the past, there was a requirement in place to sign up for this site's free newsletter, so you could be notified of any errors or updates to the accounting workbooks. That is not the case now and there is a direct link to download the free accounting spreadsheets on this page:
Free Accounting Spreadsheets
Mar 27, 17 09:19 PM
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
Mar 27, 17 09:16 PM
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
Mar 19, 17 11:42 AM
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