It's a busy time of the year! Visit this site for tips to make your accounting job just a little easier...starting with this January To Do list for churches and nonprofits!
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By the end of the Jan, you must furnish Form 1099-MISC to independent contractors that you paid $600 or more last year. AND just like the W-3s...your transmittal form 1096 (cover page for all your 1099s) is now due by Jan 31st as well!
A federal judge in Texas put a hold on the new overtime rules that were set to take effect on December 1! Will keep you updated on this situation as it unfolds.
You can add a HRA (Health Reimbursement Arraignment) back into your fringe benefits! That aggravating clause in the ACA that caused many of our HRAs to be illegal has been changed! See more detail later in this article.
January 15: Ministers--your estimated taxes are due for the fourth quarter (Oct – Dec) of last year.
You can usually skip this fourth quarter payment if you intend to file your return and pay all the taxes due by January 31.
January 31: For those of you with employees...your Form 941 Employers Quarterly report is due.
Don’t forget your state’s employers quarterly report if applicable. Some state employer forms are due earlier than the 941 such as Oklahoma’s WH 10001 which is due the 20th…so check with your state’s tax commission and see if and when your state quarterly report is due.
The Church Accounting: How To Guide devotes a whole section of the book to payroll for churches. It covers payroll terminology and forms and then takes you through the steps necessary to set up a payroll, calculate and file the necessary taxes and forms, and even details how to handle the minister's payroll. It also includes sections on filling out IRS forms: 1099 and 1096.
If you have QuickBooks or are considering using it in the future, go ahead and purchase the QuickBooks for Churches and the How To Guide combo for a complete package on setting up and administering a payroll using QuickBooks.
1. If you haven't done it yet...make sure you review your pastor's compensation package. See this Year-End Checklist for important factors to remember when reviewing or setting up this package.
2. Review and adjust your minister's housing allowance. Even if you already have a housing allowance set up for your minister, you need to review it and adjust it if applicable before the end of January.
3. Set up a HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement). I know ... I know ...it wasn't very long ago that I was telling you that you COULDN'T reimburse your Pastor's personal healthcare premiums ... unless he was the only employee because of a little known clause in the Obamacare Act.
However, on December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act that will now allow qualified small employers to offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) that follow certain terms.
Reads the Ministry CPA's post to learn more : Qualified Small Employer HRAs
4. Now is the best time to implement a new accounting system. If you are uncomfortable with setting up your own accounting system, consider hiring a company that specializes in setting up effective accounting systems for churches such as my bookkeeping company: Vickeys Bookkeeping LLC.