Issue 80 of Administration Matters introduces new rate

ELCA congregations using’s online platform for giving will now enjoy a lower credit card processing rate. Effective Dec. 10, 2021, the rate for processing credit card donations has been reduced to 2.3% for Visa, Mastercard and Discover transactions. As an ELCA preferred vendor, offers digital tools to engage members, encourage giving and manage congregational membership data, with special pricing for ELCA congregations. This rate reduction was made possible by the high volume of ELCA congregations using’s suite of products; working collectively through ELCA preferred vendors brings benefits across congregations.

Start the benefits year off right with this checklist from Portico

Review this checklist from Portico for important January tasks to keep your 2022 Portico benefits program running smoothly. It includes reminders on payroll updates and links to the complimentary Hammar tax guides for clergy. Employers may sign in to EmployerLink to view the checklist, and individuals can access the Hammar tax guide for clergy at MyPortico.

Don’t be left in the cold — inspect your heating boiler

A regular boiler inspection will help ensure that your boiler is operating at its highest level of efficiency and providing the most heat for the least possible cost. State and local laws often require boiler inspections, and failure to comply may result in fines or other penalties. >More

Are employer-provided cell phones a fringe benefit?

If your organization provides employees with cell phones for business use, both their business and personal use of the cell phone is a nontaxable fringe benefit. Likewise, reimbursement stipends and cell phone allowances that cover employees’ personal cell phone costs are still nontaxable benefits. >More

2022 IRS mileage allowance

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and charitable, medical or moving purposes.:
Beginning on January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
• 58.5 cents per mile driven for business use, up 1 cent from the 2021 rate.
• 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active-duty members of the armed forces, up 2 cents from the 2021 rate.
• 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations; the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2021.

The business mileage rate increased 1 cent for business travel and 1 cent for medical and certain moving expenses from 2021. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged. For more information, visit the IRS website.