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Clergy Tax Seminar 2014

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  • Learn how to file clergy taxes correctly and legally
  • Comply with regulations while maximizing tax deductions
  • Earn 0.3 CEU
  • Attend the seminar either on campus or online!

The annual tax seminar for clergy will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014. Students, pastors, and other church leaders are invited to attend this seminar. Participants may attend either in person at Bethany Theological Seminary or online.

The sessions will cover tax law for clergy, changes for 2013 (the most current tax year to file), and detailed assistance as to how to correctly file the various forms and schedules that pertain to clergy (including housing allowances, self-employment, W-2s clergy reductions, and so forth).

Greatly appreciated by Bethany Seminary students, this seminar is now open to clergy and others across the denomination. It is highly recommended for all pastors and other church leaders who wish to understand clergy taxes, including treasurers, steward commission chairs, and church board chairs.


Seminar Schedule: Monday, March 3, 2014
* Morning session: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern  --  0.3 CEU available for live (in person or online) attendance
*    (Lunch on your own)
* Afternoon session: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern

Sponsors:  This event is sponsored by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Seminary's Office of Electronic Communication.

Registration and Cost:  Registration is $20 per person (generally nonrefundable to keep your fees and our overhead low). Registration fees for current Bethany, TRIM/EFSM/SeBAH, or Earlham School of Religion students are fully subsidized (free), although registration is still required to reserve your seat, and so we may prepare sufficient materials for your attendance. If you will be attending online, your registration will allow us to provide you with proper access to the online seminar: instructions and handouts will be sent a few days prior to the event. Registrations are not complete until payment is received. For space and quality reasons, registrations may be capped at twenty-five persons locally and eighty-five persons online. (Prompt registration is advised!)

Leadership:  Rev. Deb Oskin, EA, NTPI Fellow, has been doing clergy tax returns since 1989, when her husband became pastor of a small Church of the Brethren congregation. She has learned the problems and pitfalls associated with the IRS's identification of clergy as "hybrid employees," from both personal (pastor's wife) and professional (H&R Block agent) perspectives. During her twelve years with H&R Block (2000-2011), she achieved their highest level of expertise certification (master tax adviser) and teaching certification (certified advanced instructor), and has earned the status of enrolled agent with the IRS (qualified to represent clients to the IRS). Deb was called by the Living Peace Church of the Brethren (Columbus, Ohio) to be their peace minister to the wider community in 2004, and served as Southern Ohio District's board chair from 2007-2011. She also works closely with several interfaith peace organizations in central Ohio and currently operates her own independent tax service specializing in clergy taxes.

Please join us for this informational and instructive seminar!


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Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."