Obamacare and You

The Pastor’s Study

QUESTION:  What are the rules for deductibility of contributions of money? ANSWER:  A charitable contribution is often made with money.  While this type of gift is usually deductible, there are limitations on the extent of deductibility in any one tax year.  For a contribution of money to be deductible by an individual under the federal income [...]

The Pastor’s Study

QUESTION:  What is the state property tax exemption, and do the exemptions vary from state to state? ANSWER:  Each of the 50 states recognizes some type of property tax exemption from religious nonprofit organizations.  The extent, manner, and means of exemption vary from state to state and an organization should consult the statutes in its [...]

The Pastor’s Study

QUESTION:  What is the state income tax exemption? ANSWER:  IRC § 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for state exemptions from payment of corporate income tax, as well as other tax exemptions and benefits.  All but five states have corporate income taxes, and most also have sales and other taxes.  For-profit corporations are taxed by most [...]

The Pastor’s Study

QUESTION:  What is mediation? ANSWER:  Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is confidential and voluntary.  It aims, with the help of neutral mediators, to assist two or more parties in reaching an agreement over a disputed matter.  The mediator is not a judge or decision maker.  Instead, the mediator is a skilled [...]

Satanists seek spot next to Ten Commandments monument on steps of Oklahoma’s Statehouse

In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps. The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as [...]

Restoring Marriage: A Conversation with Jimmy Evans

High court ends Liberty University lawsuit over ObamaCare

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to ObamaCare brought by a Virginia-based Christian university, ending for now one of the biggest remaining legal fights against the health care law. The justices, in turning away the lawsuit from Liberty University and leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing it, did [...]

Supreme Court takes up birth control cases

Lawyers for Hobby Lobby asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, November 25, 2013 to take up the company’s lawsuit against the federal health care law’s requirement that coverage include access to the morning-after pill. Lawyers for the Oklahoma City-based craft store chain and its sister company, Mardel Christian bookstore, asked the U.S. Supreme Court [...]

Housing Allowance: Are You Ready For 2014?

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