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Empowering Generosity

  • Electronic giving helps churches boost giving

  • Discounted fees for churches that sign on by June 30

  • Endorsed by GCFA

The popularity of new giving methods means that electronic giving is now easier to do and more important than ever to the financial health of every congregation.

In an era when fewer families carry cash or write checks, the UMC Empowering Generosity initiative makes it easy for individual churches to increase giving simply by expanding the number of ways that members can contribute.

The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church has recently expanded its relationship with Vanco Payment Solutions, a provider of giving technology for faith-based organizations, to help churches strengthen financial stewardship.

Through its Empowering Generosity program, Vanco encourages and facilitates the adoption of electronic giving to enable churches – and their members – to fulfill their mission and ministries.

Click here to watch a short video about how electronic giving can help your church.

Click here to read about a special offer for United Methodist churches.

Click here to read more about Vanco’s giving plan for churches

 


New IRS filing due dates for 2016

irs-logo-eagleNew W-2 filing due date – The due date for filing 2016 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration is now Jan. 31, 2017, whether you file using paper forms or electronically.
New Form 1099-MISC filing due date – If you are reporting nonemployee compensation payments in Box 7 of Form 1099 MISC, you must file the 1099s with the IRS on or before Jan. 31, 2017, whether using paper or electronic filing procedures. For all other reported payments, file Form 1099-MISC by Feb. 28, 2017, if you file on paper, or March 31, 2017, if you file electronically.

 


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.

Beth Westbury

(803)726-6741
4908 Colonial Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
F: 803-691-6604

bwestbury@umcsc.org

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Internal Revenue Service announces mileage rates for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. (Reference IRS Newswire IR-2016-169)  These are also the rates at which employers can reimburse employees for business-related driving.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased a half-cent per mile, and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016.

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.

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2017 Apportionment Percentage

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Calendar of upcoming events

Apportionments for 2016 are due Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (payments must be in the Conference Treasurer’s Office by 4:00 pm) Statistical Report Due Date Tuesday, February 28, 2017               Report of the Annual Audit Friday, March 31, 2017 Disciple states the committee shall make a full and complete report …

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Church Finances

Church Finance Committee Federal court blocks new overtime pay rules Churches urged to switch to more secure credit card readers General Commission on Finance and Administration Guidelines for Record Retention Tax Packet Example of Form W-2 for Clergy Group Ruling Request Form Apportionment Record Local Church Annual Audit Local Church Annual Audit Guide Remittance Form How …

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Church Trustees

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Statistics

Important Announcement for 2016 Due date: February 28, 2017 Access statistical tables via ezra.gcfa.org. Username is your church GCFA number. NEW FOR 2016 – We have not reset passwords as we have in prior years. The password you established for 2015 will be the password for 2016. If you have forgotten your password, go to the login …

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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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