Nonprofit and Church Accounting Blog

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  • let's you know when an error is found in my free financial spreadsheets and how to correct them.

Dec 08, 2018

Church Accounting Services

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Dec 08, 2018

Year-End Checklist for Churches and Nonprofits

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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Dec 08, 2018

To Do List for Churches and Nonprofits

Important to do list for churches and nonprofit organizations at the end of the year and beginning of the next year.

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Dec 08, 2018

2 homes= full salary

One of the pastor's at my church owns two homes. One he is currently living in while he remolds the other. So essentially he owns 2 homes. Can his

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Dec 08, 2018

Vickeys Bookkeeping Services

Vickeys Bookkeeping services include bookkeeping for churches and small nonprofits. Contact for more details on our 3 different customizable levels of services.

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Nov 21, 2018

Fundraiser Tax Deductible?

Our youth pastor's father cooked some pork as a fundraiser for the youth fund at our church. A couple of members paid for the pork, but wanted the pork

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Nov 15, 2018

Mileage from home to work.

Do Not reimburse your minister for travel back and forth from his home to the church (it is considered commuting miles). What if the minister's office

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Nov 11, 2018

Church Bookkeeping Tips

Church bookkeeping tips and and how to avoid common bookkeeping errors.

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Nov 10, 2018

Excessive Benefits and Private Inurement

Could unintentional excessive benefits and private inurement potentially harm your pastor, church or nonprofit organization?

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Nov 10, 2018

Can a minister receive both a parsonage/church paid utilities AND designate a housing allowance at the same time?

Can a minister receive both a parsonage/church paid utilities AND have the board designate an additional housing allowance? Therefore in addition to the

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Nov 10, 2018

Can I have 2 separate housing allowances, from 2 separate sources of income?

Can I have 2 separate housing allowances, one from my current employment as a pastor of a nondenominational church, and another from my pension as a former

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Nov 10, 2018

Housing allowance from Separate Churches

How do you calculate the housing allowance clause if you pastor to separate churches?

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Nov 10, 2018

Health Sharing Ministries as alternative to health insurance

Our church has opted out of traditional health insurance and instead recommend (not required) that our pastors join a health sharing ministry such as Samaritan

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Oct 31, 2018

When one to use. 1fund or 5 fund. Definition of fund?

We purchased the full accounting package and see both the 1 fund and 5 fund package. my question is this. What is definition of fund? We will have 4

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Oct 31, 2018

Church plant tax help

We are a very small house church that just incorporated and opened a bank account. We are likely moving into another churches facility next month.

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Oct 22, 2018

Housing Allowance and Moving expense 2018 taxes

I was wondering since moving expenses are no longer deductible for 2018 Federal taxes, could moving expenses be considered a housing allowance?

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Oct 22, 2018

Bi-vocational pastor - what kind of fringe benefits can we offer?

I have a bi-vocational lead pastor that receives health benefits at his other job (non-church, non-pastor role). Can we reimburse for his dental and medical,

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Oct 16, 2018

Proper reporting on online giving fees.

If someone gives online $100 and the church is assessed a $ $2 fee, how should that be recorded? Should revenue be credited for $100, Cash debited for

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Oct 16, 2018

Changing acctg from a calendar year to a fiscal year.

We are changing from a calendar year to a fiscal year. Currently the fiscal year is Oct 1 to Sept 30. I am getting ready to report out the Q4 financial

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Oct 07, 2018

Tax Consequences of Volunteer and Staff Gifts

Giving your volunteers and staff gifts can have some dramatic tax consequences. For example, giving a volunteer an appreciation offering can result in a significant "tax event" for the volunteer and the organization!

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Oct 07, 2018

Restricted Account Balance at Yr End

I have done church bookkeeping over 20 years but this is the first year with a new software. We have several temporary restricted accounts for things

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Oct 07, 2018

Recording the Initial Deposit Acquired via a Loan

Our church has taken out a loan for some building improvements. Obviously, we've recorded the debit to cash and credit to a new Loan Liability account.

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Oct 07, 2018

No house allowance provided

I am helping our pastor do his taxes for 2017. He receives no parsonage or allowance for housing. He owns his house. He has all his house expenses.

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Oct 07, 2018

What happened to the $9,000

Using the example - I believe you are saying the cash amount received for the year is $25,000. What happened to the $9,000? It isn't subtracted from

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Oct 07, 2018

Think twice about hiring CPA

We have found it isn't necessary or favorable to hire a CPA. Their hourly fees are very high because of their expertise especially involving income taxes.

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Sep 15, 2018

HA while living with parents to save for downpayment

My husband and I are trying to sell our house to build a new one. We will probably end up living with his parents for six months (rent free) next year

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Sep 08, 2018

Church Accounting Software Reviews

Which church accounting software is best for your church? See what you need to look for in nonprofit accounting software and what other church administrators are saying about their accounting software

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Sep 08, 2018

Approved 4361, Does the church have to pay the Social Security

If a pastor has an approved 4361 does the church have to pay the Social Security Match? Vickey's Reply: With or without an approved 4361, a church does

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Aug 25, 2018

Using Funds From the Church to Establish Transitional Housing

If the church ceases to operate as a church in its primary mission (lease on building used for church services is running out with no plans to renew) and

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Aug 14, 2018

Are tithes made by church staff tax deductible?

I'm wondering if the tithes I donate to my church would still be eligible for tax deductions if I become an employee of the same church.

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