This information is provided as a Cooperative Program Ministry.

As a result of requests and questions directed to the SCBI Business Office, we have prepared this guide to assist churches in their financial operations. Our thanks to Richard Broome and Clarence Hackett for their permission to use excerpts from similar guides.

This guide does not include every financial issue that may be faced by the church. If we can provide any help on these or other business matters, please contact Kyle Brennan or Mary Brown.

Getting Started

Employer ID Number

Incorporation - Indiana Government link

Indiana Tax Registration

Group Tax Exemption:To get affirmation that your church is a tax-exempt organization, you will need to get a letter from the Southern Baptist Convention stating that your church falls under their group exemption. If you need such a letter, send a written request on church letterhead to:

Executive Committee, SBC
Attn: Ruth Ann H. Williams
Financial Associate
Office of Business & Finance
901 Commerce St.
Nashville, TN 37203

Application for Sales Tax Exemption Choose Nonprofit Application for Sales Tax Exemption

EMPLOYEE FORMS

Form W-4 Federal Withholding

Form WH-4 Indiana State Local Withholding

EMPLOYER FORMS

Form 941 / 941-V and Instructions

Form W-2 and Instructions

Form W-3

New Hire Reporting Requirements

NON-EMPLOYEE PAYMENTS (1099’s)

Form W-9

MINISTER'S PAY AND HOUSING ALLOWANCE

Minister’s Pay

Housing Allowance

INDIANA PROPERTY TAXES

Application for Property Tax Exemption  Form 136 19284

General Information Regarding Application for Property Tax Exemption or contact your County Administrative Offices

Business Personal Property Forms

OTHER MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

Church Management Software