Thank You!

Ross Williams

January 27, 2021

Dear Pastors, Church Council Chairs, Finance Chairs, and Treasurers, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" for your tremendous commitment in honoring the work of our connectional church!  As a former church treasurer and finance chair I am keenly aware of what it means for a church to pay their conference apportionments.  It is not a trivial accomplishment, especially in what have been incredibly challenging and uncertain times.  We ended 2020 collecting 78% of all ...

Free Webinar on Clergy Taxes

Ross Williams

January 26, 2021

Dear Pastors, Please see information below on a free webinar on the subject of clergy taxes.  It is scheduled for Monday, February 15th at 11:00am. To register, click here. Sincerely, Ross Clergy face unique challenges related to Social Security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions, and reimbursed expenses. Clergy may have questions about the implications of the pandemic on the 2020 tax situation. Your corner tax preparer may not understand the unique situation of ...

NY State Family Leave Law

Sally Truglia

January 21, 2021

Information for UMC Churches and affiliated organizations in New York State Starting January 1, 2018, New York will put in place one of the most comprehensive paid family leave laws in the nation.  The final regulations are still pending and guidelines are just becoming available. However, it’s still important to pass along information about the current NY disability law and its upcoming change. New York is one of a handful of states that require employers to provide disability insurance ...

Reminder - Statistical Tables Due

Margaret Howe

January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Trustee Chair: Reminder:  Statistical Table completion date is January 31.  I am sending again the letter sent on December 16th.  Thank you to those who have competed – to those who have started.  Thank you to those who have asked questions and those who have requested additional training.  I trust you will have your Tables completed by the due date! My email is available to receive and questions or concerns! It is that time of ...

Workers' Compensation Submission Due by February 26th

Ross Williams

January 13, 2021

Dear Church Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Preschools (copy to Pastors):  (This communication is also being sent via U.S. mail to ensure receipt) The Conference uses an online collection system for payroll data, which streamlines the process of issuing accurate bills for Workers' Compensation insurance.  It is now time for churches, charges and church-controlled preschools, nurseries and camps to report their final 2020 wages by February 26th using this system.  Even if you have zero payroll, we...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2021

Ross Williams

January 04, 2021

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2021 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates will be: 56.0 cents per mile for business miles driven down from 57.5 cents in 2020.  This rate represents the maximum an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents ...

Free Webinar: Stewardship & Finance

Ross Williams

December 30, 2020

Dear Pastors, Stewardship Chairs, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, Please see information below on a free Webinar that is being held next Tuesday, January 5th at 7:30 (EST).  Sincerely,  Ross From Discipleship Ministries of the UMC: We start each new year with this updated webinar that is focused on the new member of the stewardship team, finance committee, or church council – those who are looking to get started right from the first week! We will include situations rising from the pandemic ...

Second Round of SBA PPP Funding

Ross Williams

December 30, 2020

Dear Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Church Council Chairs, Happy New Year! By now I'm sure you have heard of the new Covid-19 relief package that was recently approved by Congress and signed by the President.   It includes $284 billion dollars for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans that churches and nonprofits are eligible to apply for.  The Small Business Administration has 10 days to issue regulations related to the new application process.  When the SBA issues...

UMC Support Ministry Resource Guide

Ross Williams

December 21, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, UMC Support has created a Ministry Resource Guide filled with opportunities for you and the ministries you work with to find vetted and trusted partners who offer administrative solutions, discounted PPE, facility repair resources, and digital engagement tools. You can access the guide by clicking here. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year! Sincerely, Ross

Year End Key Dates

Diana Moore

December 09, 2020

Year End Key Dates Dear Pastor, Finance Chair and Treasurer: The staff at the Conference Center join me in wishing you and your congregation a joyous Christmas and peaceful New Year! This communication contains information with respect to mailing year-end payments to the Conference.  Please share as appropriate. Please contact me should you have any questions. Sincerely,   Diana Moore Treasurer’s Remittance Form: The Treasurer’s Remittance form should be sent with payments for Apportionments, ...

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