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Clergy Taxes: Theory & Practice

Webinar. Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership & Bethany Theological Seminary.

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Registration deadline: Friday, January 19

Students, pastors, and other church leaders are invited to attend
either in person at Bethany Theological Seminary or online.

  • Learn how to file clergy taxes correctly and legally.
  • Comply with regulations while maximizing tax deductions.
  • Earn 0.3 CEUs.

The sessions will cover tax law for clergy, changes for 2016 (the most current tax year to file), and detailed assistance as to how to correctly file the various forms and schedules that pertain to clergy, including housing allowances, self-employment, W-2s clergy reductions, etc.

It is highly recommended for all pastors and other church leaders who wish to understand clergy taxes, including treasurers, steward commission chairs, and church board chairs.

Seminar Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET: Morning session – 0.3 CEUs available for live attendance, in person or online
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET: Lunch on your own
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET: Afternoon session

Sponsors:  The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary

Registration and Cost:  Registration is $30 per person (generally nonrefundable to keep fees and overhead low). Current Bethany, TRIM/EFSM/SeBAH, and Earlham School of Religion students may attend the seminar at no cost, although registration is still required to reserve space and so sufficient materials for your attendance may be prepared. If you will be attending online, your registration will allow us to provide you with web access to the seminar; instructions and handouts will be sent a few days prior to the event. Registrations are not complete until payment is received. For space and quality reasons, registrations may be capped at twenty-five persons locally and eighty-five persons online. Prompt registration is advised – registration deadline is Friday, January 19.

Leadership:  Rev. Deb Oskin, EA, NTPI Fellow, has been doing clergy tax returns since 1989, when her husband became pastor of a small Church of the Brethren congregation. She has learned the problems and pitfalls associated with the IRS’s identification of clergy as “hybrid employees,” from both personal (pastor’s wife) and professional (H&R Block agent) perspectives. During her twelve years with H&R Block (2000-11), she achieved their highest level of expertise certification as a master tax adviser and of teaching certification as a certified advanced instructor. Having earned the status of enrolled agent with the IRS, she is also qualified to represent clients to the IRS.

Deb was called by the Living Peace Church of the Brethren in Columbus, Ohio, to be their peace minister to the wider community in 2004. She served as Southern Ohio District’s Board Chair from 2007-2011, and is District Moderator for 2018. She also works closely with several interfaith peace organizations in central Ohio and currently operates her own independent tax service specializing in clergy taxes.

Earlier Event: January 13
Clergy Taxes for Treasurers
Later Event: February 24
Clergy Taxes for Treasurers & Ministers