2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (PDF)

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  • 2020 Tax Guide Front
  • 2020 Tax Guide Back
  • 2020 Tax Guide 3D
  • 2020 Tax Guide Table Of Contents pg.1
  • 2020 Tax Guide Table Of Contents pg.2
  • 2020 Tax Guide Table Of Contents pg.3
  • 2020 Tax Guide Table Of Contents pg.4
  • 2020 Tax Guide Table Of Contents pg.5


Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches with Richard Hammar's 2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide. Tax law in general is highly complex and ever changing. Add to that the many unique rules that apply to church and clergy and you're set up for a challenging task that requires an expert's guidance. The guide helps clergy:

  • Prepare 2019 tax returns
  • Understand tax laws
  • Correctly report federal income taxes and social security taxes
  • Distinguish relevant exemptions
  • Reduce tax liability

The guide helps church treasurers, board members, bookkeepers, attorneys, CPA's and tax practitioners:

  • Define "income" for the church
  • Handle and report employee business expenses
  • Understand the substantiation rules that apply to charitable contributions and designated contributions
  • Grasp federal tax reporting requirements that apply to churches and church employees

Beyond help preparing annual tax returns ministers, churches, and their advisers find the guide indispensable throughout the year with in-depth coverage on:

  • Charitable contributions
  • Clergy retirement plans
  • Social Security taxes
  • Church reporting requirements
  • Housing allowance
  • Business-expense reimbursements

Known as the most comprehensive, accurate yet easy-to-understand tax guide available for church leaders you will find yourself regularly referencing key topics, charts, sample forms, and real-life illustrations for all your tax and legal questions.


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"I use the [the Church & Clergy] Tax Guide at least weekly. It's a great reference - excellent for practitioners and church/ministry staff." Dave M., Capin Crouse
"Whenever issues come up at church I go to my annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide to back up my answers. I love that it is comprehensive, but written in language that is easy to understand, even for those who are not accountants.” Sue S., Estes Park, CO
"I have been a church treasurer for about 35 years, along with being a CPA for about 37 years. I have yet to run up on a question about church and clergy tax matters that this book does not address." Glynn Kegley, Treasurer, Florence, MS
“The Church and Clergy Tax Guide is a phenomenal resource for me. I’m an accountant by trade and some of the issues tackled in this book are overwhelming even to me. I would be lost without the wisdom in this book.” Michael Koehn, Lafayette, CO
"The Church & Clergy Tax Guide is the guide that I can refer to my clients, and there are only a few that I am willing to recommend. I believe that no church administrator's library is complete without this guide." Elaine L. Sommerville, CPA
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    We love it and buy it annually!

    Posted by William Abraham on Feb 12th 2020

    The C&CTG is an extremely valuable resource for our ministry. We have purchased it annually for about 15 years and always find helpful updates. It is inexpensive when you consider that you don't have to examine every law passed and every case tried yourself - Richard Hammar does it for you. Now that the PDF is available, I'm looking forward to using the search functions (even though the index is great on the paper copy.) In combination with the online updates, I feel equipped to answer the questions that come across my desk with sound, principled advice.

  • 5
    2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

    Posted by Jennifer L Neff on Feb 11th 2020

    I just received my copy recently and have already used it to look up the rules for assisting two of our younger pastors with seminary costs. I appreciate the breadth of topics and the specificity of the table of contents and index to find what I need quickly.

  • 5
    2020 Tax Guide: Excellent product to own.

    Posted by Kevin Cain on Jan 22nd 2020

    This is one of the best resources to answer questions about the tax code and a religious organizations application of that tax code. I highly recommend this product to anyone who deals with church finances.

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