New Tax Laws Affecting Your Church in 2019

Your personal tax withholdings, your church parking lot, and a family medical leave tax (if you live in Washington) represent legal developments that will affect you this year. Check out these new laws to ensure you don’t get caught unaware. 

  1. Determining if Your Church Needs to Pay the New Parking Tax:  In 2017, the federal government implemented a new tax that could affect your church if you provided parking to your employees in 2018. Although the guidance from the government has been minimal, we now have some basic guidelines to follow to help you determine if your church will have to pay.  The attached link will provide you with some of the basics: Church Parking Lot Tax. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Julie at the Field Office.

  2.  NEW Oregon 2019 W-4: Federal tax law changes, including how withholding allowances are calculated, mean that some Oregonians haven’t been withholding enough from their paychecks to cover their state personal income tax liabilities. Oregon now has its own W-4 for state income tax withholding. Form OR-W-4 will allow employees to determine their correct Oregon withholding. You can download and print the form at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms.

  3. NEW Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Tax: Beginning January 1st, 2019, all churches with employees in Washington must begin withholding and/or paying taxes to the Washington Employment Security Department to cover a new Family & Medical Leave program. This program will allow employees who have worked 820 hours or more in Washington to receive benefits if they end up on family and medical leave (beginning in 2020). In order to cover this program, the new tax begins with paychecks given to Washington employees as of January 1st, 2019. Information on this can be found at https://www.paidleave.wa.gov/employers. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Julie at the field office.