Pertinent information for churches regarding the Social Security Tax Deferral
Bear in mind this is not a waiver or exemption but merely a deferral. The order allows for non-payment of such taxes for 2020, but in 2021 they will become due and employees will owe them to the IRS. Those who participate in this order would see their share of the payroll taxes in 2021 doubled until the 2020 deferral amounts are paid in full.
This order does not impact clergy as they are self-employed for Social Security. In fact, if clergy make quarterly estimated tax payments, the September – December amount is not due until January 15, 2021 which makes any deferral moot.
The Conference Treasurer and the Conference Staff Relations Committee have concurred this is not a good alternative for conference staff and will therefore not be participating. We recommend that our churches carefully consider the benefits and challenges of the Executive Order.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.