FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
The Finance office works with local churches and pastors in the areas of healthcare, pension, apportionments, loans, equitable compensation, and program support.
The director of Financial and Administrative Services provides education and training to individuals serving their local church in the area of financial ministry.
The office staff ensures that East Ohio Conference local churches are compliant with their church, audit, and pastor’s compensation reports, and it provides budget information and tools that are helpful in interpreting apportionments. The staff also processes payroll for those churches enrolled in the payroll service.
The Administrative Services office is responsible, through the Conference Board of Trustees, for the oversight and operation of the Area Center, the Episcopal residence, the conference and district parsonages, and all conference property and insurance.
Questions about church parsonages, and architects/contractors working on building construction/expansion should be directed to the director of Financial and Administrative Services.
Questions about closing a church building or abandoning a church property should be directed to your district superintendent’s office.
2018 Tax Amnesty Program
February 15 is the last day to apply for the Ohio Department of Taxation 2018 Tax Amnesty Program. Individuals and businesses – including local churches – with unreported or underreported tax debts – such as unreported and unpaid employee withholding tax – are eligible to apply for the program. Accepted participants can get current on their tax payments while avoiding paying ANY penalties and only HALF of the normally charged interest.
Clergy Housing Allowance Tax Exemption Ruling
On October 6, 2017 U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin found that 26 U.S.C. § 107(2) violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. At that time there were still two issues to be decided, the remedy and whether or not the decision would be stayed pending any potential appeals. Judge Crabb issued an order on December 13, 2017 addressing these two issues. She enjoined the IRS from enforcing section 107(2), which is the section permitting a housing allowance for ministers of the gospel, but she stayed the injunction until 180 days after either the conclusion of any pending appeals or the failure to file an appeal by a party. This means that the clergy housing allowance is still available while any appeals are pending.
2018 Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) are:
Ohio Minimum Wage Increased in 2018
The new minimum wage in the State of Ohio is $8.30/hour, an increase of $0.15. Pay for tipped employees is now $4.15/hour, an increase of $.07. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr.
Employers whose gross earnings are $305,000 or more are required to pay whichever minimum wage is higher. Employers who gross less than $305,000 shall pay their employees no less than the current federal minimum wage rate.
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH.
near the Akron-Canton airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW ·
North Canton, OH 44720
Toll Free: 800-831-3972
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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