Church Compliance Services

IRS Compliance Services for Churches and Ministries

Church IRS Compliance Services

Churches and nonprofits face specific regulations that can seem complicated and hard to navigate. To understand today’s rules – from IRS nonprofit compliance to compensation to retirement – you need specialized help. That’s why we’re here.

From initial planning and organizational governance to day-to-day technical advice, including emergency IRS situations, ChurchShield can help with our church compliance services. Learn more about how our team can assist you.

Church IRS Compliance Services

Minister Compensation and Church Compliance

Serving as a pastor is rewarding, but it’s also incredibly demanding. Most pastors work long hours and are extraordinarily dedicated. Even when they’re not on the clock, they’re on call – ready to respond to their congregation’s and community’s needs. It’s only right to compensate them accordingly and the laws are more generous than you might think. But how do you determine what’s appropriate?

At ChurchShield, we can help guide you through all your compensation discussions. After all, we’ve found that most churches spend more money on staff than any other area of expense. It should come as no surprise, then, that compensation is an important topic in many organizations. Our compliance team has prepared executive compensation reports for a number of very large ministry clients. They’ve also assisted young organizations in setting up their compensation.

No matter the size of your organization, ChurchShield can help determine appropriate compensation (salary plus benefits) to ensure compliance with IRS regulations. After all, working with a team that knows church IRS compliance is not only a good organizational practice; it can help ensure your church remains compliant with IRS 4958 regulations.


Retirement and 403(b) Plans

You’ve worked hard. Your ministry is flourishing. But there’s a problem. Your retirement plan has gone unplanned and unfunded. Not to worry – we can help. We specialize in the church retirement plans known as 403(b)9 plans. IRS laws allow for this unique retirement option only for churches and their employees. With high annual contribution limits, a wide array of investment vehicles (ranging from the typical mutual fund to investment in real estate) and the ability to pay out benefits as housing allowance, there are no other plans like a 403(b)9.

Very few firms can help you prepare the way that we can. No matter what phase of your life you’re in or the direction your ministry is going, we will help you plan for the future.

Our professional IRS compliance, compensation, and retirement services include:

  • Choosing the best governing structure for your organization
  • Filling out and filing important IRS and tax-exempt forms
  • Becoming a 501(c)(3) organization
  • Navigating church IRS compliance regulations
  • Maintaining proper documentation
  • Compensation services such as compensation-related analysis, reports, compensation minutes, planning, 4958 regulations, and more
  • Retirement plans for churches, specifically 403(b)(9) plan document preparation, retirement plan adoption minutes, set up, ongoing administration, and compliance

Contact Us Today for More Information

We offer church compliance services so that you can focus on serving your congregation and community. We would be honored to work with you on your compliance needs, whether that determining compensation, implementing and maintaining a church retirement 403(b) plans, or just ensuring overall church compliance.

For more information about how we can assist you, be sure to contact us today.

About the Author

Jared Hodge

Jared assists with church governance structure, reviews organizational documents, and assists in the organization or incorporation of new churches and ministries. He reviews and makes recommendations regarding compensation and benefits matters, and he also drafts and reviews contracts and other IRS compliance documents, prepares tax returns, and assists with a broad spectrum of tax and legal issues. Jared holds a law degree from Regent University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He graduated magna cum laude from Anderson University with an undergraduate degree in accounting. He is licensed in Indiana as both an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant.

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