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Treasurer | Administrative Services


Beth Westbury

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


IRS mileage rates for 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. (IRS Notice 2019-2)  These are also the rates at which employers can reimburse employees for business-related driving.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 58 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 54.5 cents for 2018
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up from 18 cents for 2018
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the same as for 2018 (set by statute)

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.

Read more about the 2019 standard mileage rates.


2018 Apportionments Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

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.


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.


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.



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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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Statistical Reports | Ezra

It is the pastor’s responsibility to see that statistical reports for the year ending Dec. 31, 2018, for each church are properly prepared and submitted online by Feb. 28, 2019. Since church apportionments are determined from line items found in Table 2, it is imperative that the numbers are both correct and listed in the …

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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   Pathways to Mission Magazine. Click below to download

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