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CLE - Religious Organizations: Overview of Organization, Governance and Tax Issues

Thursday, May 8, 2014 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Religious organizations are unique from other exempt organizations not only with regard to their organization, but also as to governance and tax issues.  This program will provide an overview of organizational and governance issues that arise when working with religious organizations including both centralized and de-centralized structures.  We will also discuss recent hot topics in governance including restructuring and real estate sales due to economic demands.  

In the second half of our program, we will address recent employment tax developments.  The minister’s housing allowance is the most important tax benefit available to ministers. Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code allows “ministers of the gospel” to exclude some or all of their ministerial income designated by their church or church-related employer as a housing allowance from income for federal income tax purposes.  In 2013, a judge in the Western Federal District Court of Wisconsin ruled the housing allowance unconstitutional.  We will focus on this development and other employment tax issues of importance to religious organizations. 


8:30 – 9:00    Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15    General  Introduction
9:15 – 10:30  Panel 1 (Governance and Organizational Issues)
10:30 – 10:45     Break
10:45 – 12:00      Panel 2 (Employment Tax and other Tax Issues)

Registration Categories:
BBA Member - $130.00
Non-Member - $170.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Law Student - $30.00

If the cost of this seminar would preclude you from attending, please contact us about tuition discounts.

It's so easy to be green!  The BBA offers registrants CLE course materials in both electronic and print format.  Please remember to select your option during registration.  If you opt for the electronic version, a PDF link will be email to you prior to the seminar. We encourage laptops and portable devices at the seminar, Free WiFi is available in all conference rooms!


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Jacqueline Querubin


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