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Busby, Zondervan Ministers Tax and Financial Guide

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Dan Busby, Zondervan Ministers Tax and Financial Guide. Zondervan Publishing.

Referenced in: Tax, Legal, and Risk-Management Issues

LifeandLeadership.Com Summary

This is Zondervan’s version of the standard minister tax preparation manuals. Since ministers have unique tax responsibilities, burdens, and allowances, such guides are indispensable for the financial health of the minister and his family. It is recommended that these volumes be used in conjunction with, not apart from, advice from an accountant or tax attorney, especially in one’s early years of ministry. If after several years of experience one does not feel the need to consult a professional, it is still important to reference a guide like this one, and to get the updated volume for each new tax year. Since it is updated periodically, the bookstore links to the right go to a general search on Zondervan/Busby, allowing the most recent editions to appear on the list.

This is in the same genre as similar manuals produced by B. J. Worth and others that are listed in the resource guide on Tax, Legal and Risk Management. Any of these volumes, if consulted in their current year editions, provides excellent advice on the unique dynamics of ministers’ tax preparation. The potential value of Busby over the others is the integration with his other works which are also listed under Tax, Legal and Risk Management.

From the Publisher

This is a complete guide to help ministers prepare tax returns, including sample forms, money-saving strategies, revisions in tax laws, and sound advice for financial planning. It is written in clear, understandable English.

From the Back Cover

For years, ministers have trusted the Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide to save them time and money. This easy-to-understand workbook simplifies the tax code and offers dozens of tips to reduce your tax bill. The guide includes a line-by-line explanation of the 1040 Form as well as information on recent changes in the tax code. Dan Busby also explains the easy steps you can take now to minimize next year’s tax bill.

Later editions include sound retirement planning helps; compensation planning guidance; ways to maximize business expense reimbursements; and insights into medical expense reimbursements. This publication is also useful to church treasurers and business administrators and to tax preparers who assist ministers.

About the Author

Dan Busby, Senior Vice President of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability), has been involved in the work of the churches and nonprofit organizations for his entire career. On staff with ECFA since 1998 (and previously serving with them as a volunteer for 10 years), Mr. Busby serves as the editor of ECFA s newsletter, FOCUS on Accountability, is the primary contributor to ECFA s website, and serves as a resource for ECFA s members. His career has been varied: 10 years with the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, where he served as Controller, 10 years as the founding partner of a CPA firm in Kansas City, Busby, Keller & Co. (the firm operates today as Keller & Owens) and 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer of The Wesleyan Church Corporation at their denominational offices in Indianapolis. Dan served 110 man-years on nonprofit boards and is a past national board member of the Christian Management Association. He has made speaking presentations in 37 states. He is a prolific writer with over 250 articles published. His two tax and finances books for ministers and churches have been annually revised and published by Zondervan since 1990. He co-authored A Christian’s Guide to Worryfree Money Management, another Zondervan title. In 2007, Donor-Restricted Gifts Simplified was published and is the only book covering this challenging topic. He has received many awards. The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) honored him with the Significant Contributor Hall of Fame Award. The Christian Management Association presented him with a Significant Contributor Award. Your Church magazine named him as one of the three CPAs in the U.S. who ministers would prefer to prepare their tax return. Oklahoma Wesleyan University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. World Hope International honored him for his contributions in helping to establish this international relief and development organization. Mr. Busby is a CPA and a graduate of Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, with a Master s degree. He and his wife, Claudette, have two children and two grandchildren.

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