The Office of Accounting is here to give advice and answer any questions you may have about church finances. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Churches and minister’s taxes are unique. It is important that you contact someone who has experience and understands the IRS codes. You may contact Rusty Johnson, Louisiana Baptists Accounting Director, CPA, for advice on setting up church and minister’s taxes. Rusty has over 30 years of experience working with church and minister’s taxes. Contact Rusty Johnson, (318) 448-3402 Ext #202 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also find helpful information on the internet by visiting the following links on tax and accounting resources.
TAX and ACCOUNTING RESOURCES:
A good site for help on minister’s taxes is “Church & Clergy Tax Guide” www.churchlawtoday.com
- “Worth’s Income Tax Guide for Ministers” www.evangelpublishing.com
- Guidestone, “Resources”, “Tax Tools” https://www.guidestone.org
- IRS www.irs.gov
- Social Security http://www.socialsecurity.gov and http://www.socialsecurity.gov/employer
- Louisiana Department of Revenue www.revenue.louisiana.gov
Currently there is not a state sales tax exemption for Louisiana churches. You will need to check with your local parish and city to determine if your local government allows any sales tax exemption for churches.
R.S 47:301(8)(d) provided a sales tax exemption for Louisiana churches for the purchase of bibles, song books or literature for use in religious instruction classes. A preliminary injunction barring enforcement of this sales tax exemption for churches has been issued by the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans Secular Humanist Association, Inc. v, Bridges (No,. 04-3165, 04/17/2006). Because of this injunction churches in Louisiana must pay state sales and use tax on all purchases and may not present an exemption certificate in lieu of paying the tax. If and when the injunction is lifted, the sales tax exemption certificates will once again be valid.
Your Cooperative Program gifts and other designated gifts must be sent early enough for us to receive it by the 3rd of each month. If we receive your check after the 3rd you will not get a receipt until the following month and your designations will be applied to the following month’s reports. Please send designations to:
Louisiana Baptist Convention
Attention: Accounting Office
PO Box 311
Alexandria, LA 71309
We appreciate our Louisiana Baptist churches and are privileged to be able to assist you with information on your accounting and tax questions.