A Clergy Tax Guide
Is A Must Have Reference Tool
A reputable clergy tax guide is a must-have - must-read - reference book. Too many churches and pastors try to get by with things they’ve always done or methods they’ve heard other pastors using.
But that is a quick path to problems and possibly an IRS audit.
In my opinion, there is no better tax guide for ministers than the book published annually by Zondervan. Their Zondervan 2013 Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide: For 2012 Tax Returns saved thousands of dollars for pastors.
I’ve heard about church tax seminars and other books that I’m sure are helpful. But for my money, the Zondervan 2013 Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide: For 2012 Tax Returns is the best tool available.
Zondervan 2013 Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide: For 2012 Tax Returns is the best clergy tax resource I know.
What Makes a Good Clergy Tax Guide?
While no reference tool is perfect, the best church tax guides share a few basic characteristics.
- They are updated annually. Tax rules change frequently... so should your pastor tax guide.
- They are written and published by people who actually prepare pastor and church taxes. There's nothing like first-hand knowledge when it comes to income taxes.
- The best pastor tax guides have examples of completed tax forms. Examples and illustrations can easily and quickly help clear up confusion.
- They teach you how to keep records for professional expenses, housing allowance, and other tax information. The best guides don’t just tell you how to fill in your income tax forms. They teach you how to comply with all pertinent IRS rules.
- The best pastor tax guides are written specifically for pastors and churches. Tax guides that simply have a chapter or two on pastor taxes can’t provide all the information you need.
There are probably other good clergy tax resources out there. But in my experience and for my money, the Zondervan 2013 Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide: For 2012 Tax Returns is the best.
Don't take chances when it comes to finding a good church tax guide. You need to know that you are getting the best, the most up to date, and the most accurate information possible.
So choose the best church and clergy tax guide you can find.