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
New 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.
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.
4908 Colonial Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
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.
2017 Apportionment Percentage