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Blogging Beyond the Numbers

safeguard
Posted by: Mike Hablewitz 2 months ago
As church members, we probably do not want to entertain the idea that the people handling the church finances could be dishonest. But, the truth is that fraud is a serious problem in all types of organizations, and churches are certainly not immune.  In fact, churches often have limited resources and staff, which makes it difficult to establish adequate internal controls. This creates an opportunity for fr...
offertory
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 2 months ago
“We have such wonderful staff. They would never do anything.” “Oh, he’s been a volunteer counter for years. We trust Bill.” “Our staff is so small. Thankfully, Jill is able to handle everything.” How many times have you heard statements like these? No matter the person, trust is unfortunately not an internal control. Too many times, fraud occurs with the person most trusted. The perso...
key to successful audit
Posted by: Lisa Lang 6 months ago
Successful audits hinge on communication and documentation. As such, preparing for an audit can either be an easy or daunting task depending on your experience and the state of your financial records. Wegner CPAs is committed to making the audit process be a positive experience. Here are the secrets from an auditor’s perspective Obtain the audit preparation list from your auditor. This is a vital co...
creating a church budget
Posted by: Melodi Bunting 6 months ago
Say the word budget and you may see eyes glaze over, people shrink down in their chair or attention shift to cell phones.  The term “budgeting” is often burdened with negative connotations of being restricting, time consuming, useless, and confusing. Budgeting is not a mysterious process done by an accountant in a windowless office, nor is it a futile exercise, but instead it has the ability t...
Budget
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 9 months ago
Budget season. Two words that you'll be hearing a lot in the upcoming months. Have you considered budgeting for an accountable plan as an alternative for expense reimbursements for your pastoral staff? Why reimburse under an accountable plan Under regular employee reimbursement, expenses reimbursed to an employee are considered income and must be accounted for in the employee’s gross income. This causes...
Cash Gift
Posted by: Melodi Bunting 9 months ago
As individuals begin to finalize their year-end giving, it is important to consider the deductibility of contributions. According to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, deductible contributions must be made to a qualifying organization.  Qualified organizations include nonprofits, churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.  Gifts to a nonqualified organization or individual are not tax deducti...
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 1 year ago
Missions Trips, the most common summer church activity. Let's talk about tax deductibility Donations for a trip can be deductible if the donation 1) is a gift to or 2) for the use of a qualified charitable organization. The first step with missions trips is determining the primary purpose of the trip. A direct connection must exist between the trip expenses and the charitable, volunteer services being per...
Church Network Conference
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 1 year ago
As I fly back from the 61st Annual Church Network conference with Scott Haumersen, I am inspired by the number of people and organizations working with churches in our nation. This conference is for church administrators and there were more than 400 people in attendance this year representing nearly 40 states and nearly every denomination. We were there representing Wegner CPAs at the tradeshow for the s...
Posted by: admin 2 years ago
Written by Dan Busby, President, ECFA Before you know it 2016 will be over and it will be time to prepare to issue charitable gift acknowledgments received by the church this year. Properly issuing these gift acknowledgments confirms to givers the church's credibility. Improper gift acknowledgments may leave givers with questions as to whether the church is a good steward of gift. So, let's review the b...
Posted by: Mike Hablewitz 2 years ago
Recently the Department of Labor raised the salary threshold for overtime protection to $913 a week or $47,476 per year. The new level takes effect December 1, 2016. Types of coverage There are two types of coverage to consider in determining the applicability of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): enterprise coverage and individual coverage. The enterprise coverage is generally not applicable to churche...