February 2017 Newsletter
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Employment Issues for Religious Nonprofits

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From the President
Our February Newsletter contains a number of interesting articles and bits of useful information. Particular note should be made of the warning to Quickbooks users regarding phishing scams currently going around. With tax season in full swing churches, ministers and individuals should be careful when sharing information to ensure that you are taking every precaution available to protect your identity and data.

We also want to extend a warm welcome to our newest members, the Next Generation Association of Northern California and Nevada.  Several churches in the Association are long time individual members of CMA and have benefited greatly from their involvement so this year the Association purchased a special "group membership" package that will allow all their active member churches take advantage of all the benefits offered in our PremiumPlus package.  If you think a group membership might be good for your association or denomination please give us a call. We would be happy to help you share the benefits of CMA with all your members.
As always, if we can be of any assistance to your ministry please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours in His Service,

Steve Boersma
Raising Funds for Short-Term
Missions Trips
Summer is just around the corner and many churches and mission organizations have begun putting together short-term mission trip opportunities for their congregations and donors. Whether it is spending several weeks in the inner city ministering to the homeless or sharing the Gospel in a foreign country where you don't know the language, the experience of living and ministering for a short time in a different environment without all the creature comforts of home can be both difficult and rewarding. ( read more)
New Options to Help Exempt
Organizations File 
Information Returns
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The IRS recently released an updated version of the Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990-EZ), (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f990ez.pdf) containing options that will help required filers of this annual information return more easily navigate through the form and avoid the more common mistakes the IRS regularly sees from filers. According to the IRS, "...one out of three paper filers of this return has an error on their form." (read more)
Nonprofit Administrative Dissolution of
Nonprofit Corporations  Formed in CA
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Beginning January1, 2017, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will move forward to administratively dissolve certain nonprofit corporations deemed to be "inactive" by the State.

Who is affected?

Qualified nonprofit corporations that are "suspended" or "forfeited" by the FTB for a period of 48 continuous months or more and are no longer in business. (read more)
Phishing Scam Targets Users of
QuickBooks Accounting Software

The Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm about a new email phishing scam targeting users of Intuit's QuickBooks accounting software.

Victims receive an email in their inbox with the subject line, "QuickBooks Support: Change Request." The email claims to be a confirmation from Intuit that a business has changed its name and contains a hyperlink that the recipient can click on to cancel the request. (read more)
Reporting Due Dates for IRS
Forms W-2 and 1099 MISC
On January 31 the IRS issued a revised version of IR-2017-13, to remind employers that the due date for filing Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, as well as Form 1099-MISC, was January 31, 2017. The revised version clarifies that, regarding Form 1099-MISC, the new deadline affects box 7, non-employee compensation.

Please click on the link above for more information.
Employment  Law Corner
Employee Discipline
Five common misunderstandings about
employee discipline and documentation

Disciplinary Action

There is no legal definition of what constitutes a write-up, nor is there a definition of what is required to be in an employee's personnel file. So, recollections about verbal warnings, e-mails, letters, even notes on napkins can be evidence to support an employer's position that an employee was terminated because of performance issues. 
Employers should remember that if an employee challenges the reason for their termination, having written documentation on file can be helpful in supporting the employers' position.  (read more)