Tax Resources

Tax Resources

CPG Tax Hotline

If you have specific tax-related questions, we encourage you to contact your personal tax advisor or call our tax hotline at the numbers listed below.

  • Nancy N. Fritschner, CPA (877) 305-1414
  • The Rev. Canon William F. Geisler, CPA (ret.) (877) 305-1415
  • Dolly Rios, CPA* (833) 363-5751

Learn more about our on-call tax experts.

* bi-lingual in Spanish and English

Visit the Tax Resources page in your section of the website for more forms and resources.

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2019 Clergy Tax Guide

The 2019 Clergy Tax Return Preparation Guide (for 2018 Returns) is available.

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Clergy Housing Ruling

On March 15, 2019, in Gaylor v. Mnuchin the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the clergy housing allowance set forth in section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). That section allows certain religious leaders to exempt churchapproved housing allowances from their taxable income.

The decision by the three-judge panel was unanimous, thus putting at ease for the moment the concerns of thousands of ministers and other religious leaders.

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2019 Federal Reporting Guide

The 2019 Federal Reporting Requirements for Episcopal Churches (for administrators) is available.

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Transportation Fringe Benefits Now Subject To Federal Unrelated Business Income Tax

Beginning in 2018, a tax-exempt organization’s unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”) will be increased by the amount the organization pays or incurs for qualified transportation fringe benefits, whether they are paid as an employer-funded benefit or through employee pre-tax salary deductions. As such, providing this benefit to your employees will result in an unrelated business income tax liability and tax filing obligation on a Form 990-T. In addition, this tax expenses should be considered for future budgeting purposes.

Although some employers may wish to stop offering this benefit as a result of this change in the law, please consult with your legal counsel as some cities mandate that certain employers offer to their employees a commuter benefits program (such as New York City’s Affordable Transit Act and similar laws in Washington D.C. and the Bay Area in California).

Furthermore, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, each unrelated business activity must be separately reported on Form 990-T. As such, the unrelated business activity losses of one activity may not be used to offset the unrelated business income of another activity. Therefore, the unrelated business income arising from providing transportation fringe benefits to employees cannot be offset by any other unrelated trade or business activities that may produce losses.