by Jac La Tour
This is the second in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.
John Butler is an attorney and tax counsel for CapinCrouse LLP. He will speak at each of the three 2012 California forums about recent Internal Revenue Service, congressional, and court benefits; ministers’ payroll and unrelated business income; as well as health care compliance issues. Here are John’s responses to my questions.
Jac: How will your presentation help attendees better serve their ministries?
John: We live and our ministries serve in a dynamic environment where tax laws can have a major impact on operations. At least some of yesterday’s solutions won’t work tomorrow. This session will help attendees identify the areas they must examine to assess where in their organizations they need to make changes.
Jac: What are three important takeaways attendees will learn during your presentation?
John: The changing tax laws affecting health care issues are critical for all ministries. One takeaway will be that attendees can identify key elements affecting their ministries. A second takeaway will be information that’s helpful when developing a compliance strategy for their ministries related to the health care law changes. The third takeaway will be more general. As critical and recent issues are addressed, attendees will be able to assess which ones apply to their organizations.
Jac: How will the format of the forum make it an even more valuable learning experience?
John: This session is content oriented, so a formal presentation and the detailed outline will contribute substantially to the experience. The opportunity to ask questions will help attendees firmly grasp the concepts presented.
Next up will be David Lee, ministry development officer with ECCU, who will be presenting on how to evaluate your ministry’s mission/money alignment and adjust spending to improve it.