Resources – CSBC

All employers in California, including churches, must file by June 30. 2022 with CalSavers, a retirement plan for employees whose employers do not offer a qualified retirement savings plan. Launched in July 2019, all employers with five or more employees must register with the CalSavers program. The registration deadline is based on the number of…

California Southern Baptist Convention provides an online resume and search committee service for ministers and search teams. Ministers may submit their resume and biographical information online, which is shared with inquiring congregations according to the minister’s instructions. CSBC also provides biographical information on prospective ministers to inquiring pastor search teams. Search committees should complete the…

Cooperating churches and related entities of the California Southern Baptist Convention currently benefit from the Group Determination Letter issued to the Convention by the IRS in 1964. The letter formally acknowledges the CSBC’s tax-exempt nonprofit status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), retroactively to the founding of the Convention in 1944. Under the current Revenue…

GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2021 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2020 Returns. This publication helps answer the most common tax-related issues affecting ministers and churches. The tax guide includes tax highlights for 2021 — including 2021 annual contribution limits, 2021 standard business mileage rates and certain tax implications of the CARES…

Misclassifying employees is not a new problem among churches; many have been doing this incorrectly for decades. In fact, it’s been done wrong for so long, some don’t believe it’s a problem even when they’re shown the facts. Just because the IRS hasn’t called your organization out for it doesn’t change the fact that the…

Every year, churches need to approve housing allowances for eligible ministers as well as accountable reimbursement plans for their pastors and other employees. Many churches are still doing things incorrectly by giving their pastors undocumented auto allowances and improper reimbursements for personal health insurance. Income tax-free reimbursements for individual health insurance premiums were prohibited beginning…

It’s here! Our 2021 Church Planning calendar is available for use. Your 2021 Church Planning Calendar can be downloaded as printable PDF here.

In late November, 21 pages of new workplace regulations from Cal/OSHA took effect that have serious implications and consequences for virtually all public and private employers, including most churches. Also, a new section will also be added to the Labor Code effective January 1, 2021. While the new Labor Code section probably has little implication for…

Churches should begin considering their course of action regarding in-person worship based on the Supreme Court’s recent injunctive relief decision which barred New York from enforcing its “lockdown” orders. Courts in California may have to wrestle with cases in their own jurisdictions because of the decision. The nation’s highest court has indicated that the plaintiffs,…

Businesses of all sizes that have one or more employees must post the most current mandatory federal and state Wage & Hour and Labor law notices in a location accessible and normally visited by the employees. If 5% or more of your employees are primarily Spanish speaking, the notices are also required to be posted…