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A Look At Church Payroll Management Options

By Betty Boswirth

If you run a ministry, you know that there are many challenges facing you on a daily basis. You want to be ministering to your congregation and yet there is a large business component that is involved. The idea of managing a church payroll and ensuring that all expenses and financial calculations are performed properly may be too much for a lot of clergy members.

The problem is that even though your organization is not-for-profit, you still have to ensure that payroll is taken care of properly and that you are making all of the necessary deductions that regional and federal laws require employers to make. There are also many different forms that need to be filed in order to report your financial activities properly.

If you want to make sure that you are getting help managing your church payroll, you may want to look at two main options. These are live book keepers and online websites that specialize in payroll management.

Online payroll programs can be a great solution to your needs. Because you are working with a service that is dedicated to preparing payroll, they should be more familiar with the rates and deductions that need to be made in order to keep your organization in good standing with any taxation agencies. You need to make sure, however, that they have experience dealing with not-for-profit agencies such as a church or a charity since the rates and deductions may be somewhat different for you.

A website that has experience with organizations in your country or region is also a better choice than one that does not. This is because there may be taxation laws that they are not aware of in your area and the last thing that you want to do is end up getting audited because your online payroll service forgot to file necessary information.

The first is that you may end up paying them more than you would when dealing with an online payroll service. If they are working on a freelance basis, you will not need to deal with the deductions that you would need to pay a regular employee.

The first is that it is often substantially more expensive than an Internet service would be. You will need to factor in deductions and payments for certain benefits as well. However, dealing with a freelance bookkeeper will be more affordable since they are responsible for making their own payments and deductions.

By making the right choices as to your bookkeeping service provider you can leave these routine administrative tasks and go back to dealing with your flock and the spiritual issues that they may have.

Church Payroll Tax Assistance is available for your Church. Speak with clergy financial expert Mark Friesen at 763.425.8778. For more information on what to do streamline and save money for your Church find out about Church Payroll Facts

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