Gov. Justice signs tax package into law
On March 7, Governor Jim Justice signed a new tax bill into law for West Virginia lowering all income tax brackets by 21.25%. Revised withholding tables should be available no later than April 1. For more on this, the West Virginia Tax Division has shared information, and Suttle & Stalnaker CPAs has also put together a brief article on the bill’s salient points.
The Presbytery has a new Treasurer
The Presbytery has elected Chris Alfred as the new Financial Administrator/Treasurer, and he took over the position on March 1. The contact information for the Presbytery Treasurer will remain the same (email@example.com, 304-744-7634 option #3) as it previously was.
2023 Shared Mission Pledge Request
Many of our churches have already made a Shared Mission pledge for 2023. I urge you to check with your minister and/or Clerk of Session to see that your church has returned a pledge card to this office and, if not, to please do so at the earliest convenience. We encourage each Session to thoughtfully consider our request. The information provided when a church returns their pledge card, no matter the response, is essential to our effective management of the presbytery’s financial resources. So, we urge treasurers, Clerks of Session, and pastoral leaders to make sure that their church has returned their pledge card to us. If you have any questions about shared mission pledge, Per Capita, or other benevolences, please let us know (304-744-7634, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Turkey
Amid news of a devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has reached out to offer assistance to partners in the area, where thousands have died, and is asking Presbyterians to pray for those impacted by the quake and its aftershocks. Through a coordinated response by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and World Mission, Presbyterian Mission Agency has contacted multiple long-term partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) including the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon; the Middle East Council of Churches; the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue; and the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches.
If your church would like to offer financial support to PDA’s work in Turkey, you can send your donations to us and note on the Benevolence Remittance form Disaster Relief–International Disasters & Emergencies (#DR999999).
Employee or Independent Contractor
Determining if someone you are paying to do work for the church is an employee or an independent contractor can be a difficult and confusing question for a church Treasurer. The main determining factor is control: who is setting the work schedule? The person or the church. IRS Publication 15 has detailed information on how to distinguish between an employee or independent contractor. For a good summary, Vickey Boatwright has an article at freechurchaccounting.com
Sending Benevolence to the Presbytery
We encourage you to fill out a Benevolence Remittance form when sending any sort of benevolence check to the Presbytery. This will help ensure your church’s benevolence gets correctly recorded and correctly shared with our ministry partners. These forms are available on the Documents page of the Presbytery’s website or contact us, and we are happy to mail or email some to you.
Please note, the presbytery has a new mailing address:
Presbytery of West Virginia
PO Box 11720
Charleston, WV 25339
Please use this address to mail your benevolence and any other correspondence to me or other PWV staff.
2023 IRS Standard Mileage
On December 29, 2022, the IRS announced the following changes to the standard mileage rates. As of January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:
- 65.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up 3 cents from 2022
- 22 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up from 18 cents for 2022
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
2023 Per Capita
The 2023 Per Capita rate will be $30.30 per member, according to the church’s membership in the most recently filed statistical report. The 2023 Per Capita was approved at the August 2022 presbytery meeting. With the total rate at $30.30 per member, the Presbytery of West Virginia will keep $18.05 and sending $9.85 and $2.40 to the General Assembly and Synod of the Trinity, respectively.
Helping us understand the importance of Per Capita to our connectional church is this excellent article from Presbyterians Today, titled (coincidentally enough) “Understanding Per Capita.”
2023 Special Offerings Calendar
Here is this year’s calendar for the four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: Feb. 22 to April 9
Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing share God’s love with people experiencing need. Gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36 percent of undesignated gifts, while Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receives 32 percent.
PENTECOST: April 10 to May 28
PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS: Sept. 3 to Oct. 1
CHRISTMAS JOY: Dec. 3 to Dec. 24
NOTE: Donations to the four Special Offerings are accepted at any time. The dates above are for times of special emphasis on the offerings. Click here for more information or to order resources, or call the PC(USA) Store at 800-533-4371.
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