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Churches may qualify for credit
Baptist Press
April 21, 2011
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Churches may qualify for credit

Churches may qualify for credit
Baptist Press
April 21, 2011

DALLAS — Online resources to help small churches

evaluate whether to pursue the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit under the

health care reform law are now available from GuideStone Financial Resources of

the Southern Baptist Convention.

These resources can be accessed free of charge on

GuideStone’s Healthcare Reform website, www.GuideStoneInsurance.org/Healthreform.

The resource page includes a comprehensive Q&A about the

tax credit; definitions and step-by-step guide for determining eligibility and

amount of the credit; and necessary government forms.

The resource also includes a webinar with Danny Miller, a

noted attorney with Connor & Winters who specializes in benefits issues for

ministers.

“We urge churches to evaluate all factors before deciding

whether to pursue the credit,” said O.S. Hawkins, GuideStone’s president.

“These resources provide tools to help in that process.”

The IRS confirmed in

Notice 2010-82 in December that the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit is

available to churches who participate through a self-funded denominational

church health plan, including GuideStone health plans.

John Butler, executive leader for business services at the

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said this is something most

churches overlook.

Butler encouraged

the BSC Executive Committee members April 14

to check on the possibility of receiving this credit for their churches.

Butler said that

churches with 25 or fewer full-time equivalents would most likely be eligible.

He advised churches with one employee to avoid the hassle because of time and

money.

“It could be a significant boost to your budget,” Butler

said.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — BR Assistant Managing Editor Dianna L.

Cagle contributed to this report.)

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