Nonprofit and Church Accounting Blog

This accounting blog...

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  • shows you the latest question, comment, or tip posted by readers...(please feel free to browse the questions below and answer the ones you feel comfortable answering),
  • let's you know when an error is found in my free financial spreadsheets and how to correct them.

Nov 19, 2017

Accounting for the Purchase of a Fixed Asset from Temporarily Restricted Funds

Our church has a General Fund as well as several permanently restricted and temporarily restricted funds. One of our temporarily restricted funds is

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Nov 19, 2017

Reimbursing my health insurance premium from the Health Insurance Exchange

Hi. I am the pastor of our small, start-up church. My wife and I are the only employees. Our church wants to pay for our health insurance (and dental

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Nov 19, 2017

Retirement fund 403 B for pastors

When a withdrawal is made from a 403 B retirement fund for housing allowance, how is it reported by the Finance Company on the pastor's w2? How does

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Nov 14, 2017

Chart of Accounts for a church

What is a chart of accounts and how should you number your chart of accounts for a church or nonprofit?

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Nov 13, 2017

Common Church Bookkeeping Errors

Learn 5 common church bookkeeping mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Nov 12, 2017

Aplos Software for Church and Nonprofits

Aplos Software recommended by FreeChurchAccounting.

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Nov 12, 2017

Year-End Checklist for Churches

See a year-end checklist for churches. Includes tasks that should be completed before the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition into the new year.

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Nov 12, 2017

Reduction of expense or revenue?

Can I record funds raised or donated for a mission trip as reduction of expense rather than income?

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Nov 12, 2017

Membership Plus Switch to QB

We have been using membership plus and now must switch. Is QB for churches compatible where we can import our files from membership plus?

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Nov 04, 2017

Owning a home and living in a manse

I am not sure how to handle housing allowance and the reporting of fair rental value in my case. I own a house 10 minutes from the church but the church

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Oct 31, 2017

Using QuickBooks for a Church or NonProfit

Can QuickBooks be an affordable, sensible choice for smaller churches and nonprofits that have a limited budget and manpower?

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Oct 31, 2017

Denied Opt Out

I was denied my request to opt-out of Social Security. Does anyone have experience with the appeals process?

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Oct 27, 2017


I am 65 as of Aug. 2017. This is my first FULL year as a pastor and I realize I did not file either tax or social security quarterly. My question is

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Oct 27, 2017

Part time minister corporate chaplain

I have a part time minister who works as a corporate chaplain. He only works a few hours a week and we pay him about $200 per week. All of his pay

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Oct 27, 2017

Housing allowance?

We are a small church who offered our new Pastor our parsonage to which he declined. Is our church still required to pay a housing allowance?

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