Clergy Tax Seminar

Join us for this informational and instructive seminar!

Clergy Tax Seminar  –  Saturday, January 27, 2018

Students, pastors, and other church leaders are invited to attend
either in person at Bethany Theological Seminary or online.

  • Income Tax FormLearn how to file clergy taxes correctly and legally.
  • Comply with regulations while maximizing tax deductions.
  • Earn 0.3 CEUs.

The sessions will cover tax law for clergy, changes for 2017 (the most current tax year to file), and detailed assistance as to how to correctly file the various forms and schedules that pertain to clergy, including housing allowances, self-employment, W-2s clergy reductions, etc.

It is highly recommended for all pastors and other church leaders who wish to understand clergy taxes, including treasurers, steward commission chairs, and church board chairs.

Seminar Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET: Morning session – 0.3 CEUs available for live attendance, in person or online
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET: Lunch on your own
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET: Afternoon session

Sponsors:  The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary

Registration and Cost:  Registration is $30 per person (generally nonrefundable to keep fees and overhead low). Current Bethany, TRIM/EFSM/SeBAH, and Earlham School of Religion students may attend the seminar at no cost, although registration is still required to reserve space and so sufficient materials for your attendance may be prepared. If you will be attending online, your registration will allow us to provide you with web access to the seminar; instructions and handouts will be sent a few days prior to the event. Registrations are not complete until payment is received. For space and quality reasons, registrations may be capped at twenty-five persons locally and eighty-five persons online. Prompt registration is advised – registration deadline is January 19, 2018.

  Leadership: Deb Oskin has been doing clergy tax returns since 1989, when her husband left seminary to pastor a small rural COB congregation. As a pastor’s wife, and later as a tax professional, she learned the tax problems and pitfalls associated with the IRS’s identification of clergy as “hybrid employees.”

Deb was ordained in 2004 when she was called by the Living Peace Church of the Brethren in Columbus, Ohio, to be their peace minister to the wider community in 2004. She served as Southern Ohio District’s board chair from 2007-11 and is currently serving as Southern Ohio-Kentucky District moderator.

In 2011, after twelve years with H&R Block, Deb left to start her own tax practice, specializing in clergy taxes. Clergy clients now make up 75 percent of her client base.

She’s been teaching and presenting nationally on clergy taxation to clergy, treasurers and administrators, and tax pros since 2004. Other than the fact that she really likes to talk, Deb does this because of her deep belief that clergy can devote more of their energy to ministry if they aren’t stressed by tax debt.

Deb is an experienced presenter, and despite the complexity of the material, you’ll find yourself laughing. Learn and enjoy!