Richard Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of several books, including “Pastor, Church & Law”; the annual “Church & Clergy Tax Guide”; “Reducing the Risk”; the biannual “Compensation Handbook for Church Staff”; and the “Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches.”
He also is the senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter reviewing significant legal and tax developments for churches and clergy; and Church Finance Today, a monthly newsletter for church treasurers. Richard, is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences; has taught church law at a number of seminaries; and is often asked to consult with attorneys, CPAs, and church and denominational leaders on legal and tax issues. He is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. In 2009, he became a registered parliamentarian by successfully completing a qualifying examination administered by the National Association of Parliamentarians. He joins the ranks of 270 other registered parliamentarians in the United States. In 2012, he passed a “professional qualifying course” and became a professional registered parliamentarian (PRP), the highest status that a parliamentarian can achieve. He is married and have three grown children. Richard resides in Springfield, Missouri.
Update: Church and Clergy Tax and Legal Issues (Pre-Recorded Session)
Richard Hammar will give an update on top legal issues facing the church; the Minister’s Housing Allowance decision; the Tax Reform Act; and other areas related to church, clergy, tax, and legal issues for 2018. This is a pre-recorded session.
Breakout Session #1, Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Room 110/111