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Administrative Services

Treasurer

Beth Westbury

803-726-6741
4908 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Fax: 803-691-6604

bwestbury@umcsc.org

 


Does your church have unclaimed property?

The State of South Carolina currently has more than $550 million in unclaimed property. Does some of that unclaimed property belong to your church?

Click here to learn more about how to find out.

Click here to learn what to do if your church is holding unclaimed property.

 


2018 Apportionments Deadline

South Carolina churches have until Jan. 15, 2019, to pay their 2018 apportionments:
  • If your church is paying via Vanco, please initiate the payment by 3 p.m. Jan. 11, 2019.
  • If your church is submitting payment via mail or personal delivery, it must arrive at the Treasurer’s Office by 4 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019.

 


New IRS Form W-4

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made changes to the tax law, including increasing the standard deduction, removing personal exemptions, increasing the child tax credit, limiting or discontinuing certain deductions and changing the tax rates and brackets.

If changes to withholding should be made, the Withholding Calculator gives employees the information they need to fill out a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. Employees will submit the completed W-4 to their employer.

The withholding changes do not affect 2017 tax returns due this April. However, having a completed 2017 tax return can help taxpayers work with the Withholding Calculator to determine their proper withholding for 2018 and avoid issues when they file next year.

Click here for more information. Also, make sure you have updated your withholding tables to reflect the 2018 rates. Click here to download the 2018 federal withholding tables.

 


Internal Revenue Service mileage rates for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. (Reference IRS Notice 2018-3)  These are also the rates at which employers can reimburse employees for business-related driving.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 53.5 cents for 2017
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up from 17 cents for 2017
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the same as for 2017

The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

 


Address Change

The Treasurer’s Office, including Pension and Benefits, is changing its address from PO Box 3787 to the street address.  Please send all correspondence and payments (apportionment and direct bill) to 4908 Colonial Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29203.

 

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2018 Apportionment Percentage

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Calendar of upcoming events

2018 Apportionments Due Date Jan. 15, 2019 (Tuesday) Payments must be in the Conference Treasurer’s Office by 4 p.m. Statistical Report Due Date Feb. 28, 2019 (Thursday) Report of the Annual Audit March 31, 2019 (Sunday) Discipline states the committee shall make a full and complete report to the Annual Charge Conference. Stewardship Summit 2020 Date …

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Church Finances

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Statistics

Access Access statistical tables via ezra.gcfa.org. Username is your church GCFA number. Passwords We reset passwords in October 2017. Your pastor should have received an email with new log-in instructions. If you need assistance with your password, go to the login page and click the “Forgot Password?” link to request a password reset. MSF Guide to W-2 & …

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Stewardship

2016 Stewardship Summit Resources: _ _ _ _2016 Stewardship Summit Presentation: Living in Hope _ _ _ Dr. Kennon Callahan’s books are for sale at a discount ($20). The link to the order form is http://www.umcsc.org/data/callahanbooks.php   Pathways to Mission Magazine. Click below to download

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