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October 27, 2013

The Internal Revenue Code, sections 501 through 505 spelled out the rules for tax-exempts/nonprofits. The code was further amended along the way in 1969, 1976, 1984, 1987....

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Oct-27-13 9:41 AM

We should all appreciate and encourage our pastors more. Many times they just get griped at. Think of something special that you can do for your pastor. Maybe you can give them a gift certificate to a restaurant, bake some food for them, give them a special gift, buy them a couple of nights away in a resort, let them stay at a member's cabin retreat in the woods, or provide some thoughtful words. And don't forget the spouse; sometimes they are in the shadows and are forgotten.

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Oct-27-13 9:33 AM

Mr. Cohick,

If you really want to know, then get involved with your church's personnel and administration teams.

Having been on our church's personnel team in the past, I knew their annual salaries, health insurance contributions, etc. We even did benchmarking and recommended compensation increases. We would present the sum total of these for all the pastors as a single line item budget to the congregation as part of the total annual budget. If someone really wanted to know what pastor X got paid, we would tell them but no one ever asked. We treated salaries as confidential.

Even though we strove to pay above benchmark salaries for similar size churches, generally speaking, pastors don't get paid as much as the average person in their congregation. Maybe those in the mega churches pull down a larger salary. Also, pastors work lots of hours and have even been known to come back from a vacation early because of a death or other emergency type situation.


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Oct-27-13 9:04 AM

He used churches as example of what it is they are required to do to get and keep their tax exempt atatus. So are other organizations following the example set by the churches?

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Oct-27-13 9:03 AM

I think Mr. Cohick wants churches and groups to publicize their internal accounting.

That is not what the law requires.

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Oct-27-13 7:06 AM

"In churches we have pastors, priests, secretaries, maintenance workers; all receiving their income, benefits and expense accounts from member tithes and offerings."

In my church, this info is all presented to the congregation for info and approval. Many churches have elected boards making financial decisions, and they must answer/report to the congregation. It's not like the church receives tithes and doesn't account for them. This letter sounds like sour grapes......someone is upset that every move his church is making isn't in accordance with his demands.

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Oct-27-13 6:26 AM

Alan obviously does not want church's to be tax exempt because they lack transparency and operate in secrecy. Maybe the IRS can go after the White House.

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Oct-27-13 5:04 AM

I was thinking the same thing Francine. I was waiting for a reason he wrote the letter other than to explain charitable organization tax law. I think we got enough of that during the IRS "scandal".

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