Parishes and Taxes
The Church is generally exempt from the payment of taxes on its income. Contributions to the Church are deductible from taxable income to the extent allowed under law. An Internal Revenue Service exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code dated 3/23/42 covers all Episcopal Churches. You may obtain a copy of the 501(c)(3) exemption letter from the controller’s office (see right sidebar for contact information).
An exemption from the payment of sales tax to New York State, New York City, or any other locality should be obtained by each congregation from the appropriate taxing authorities.
Real Property Taxes
The New York State Constitution exempts “property used for religious purposes” from the payment of real property tax, but the State requires an annual reporting on purpose and use to the local tax assessor. The burden of this reporting is on the holder of the exemption. If a congregation does not receive the relevant forms each year, it should request them from the local tax assessor.
“User Fee” Taxes
A congregation may or may not be exempt from the payment of certain taxes on the use of water, sewers, etc. Ask your local authority.
Finance and Administration Contacts
Ms. Esslie Hughes
Chief of Finance and Operations
Ms. Karin Almquist
Ms. Chontel Simmons
Director of Operations and Human Resources
Ms. Michele Kearney
Executive Director, DIT
Ms. Sara Saavedra
Convention Officer, Assistant Secretary of Convention, Diocesan Benefits Coordinator, Secretary to the Standing Committee
Mr. Robert Santiago
Senior Accounting Manager
Ms. Mildney (Mai) Dal
Ms. Zoraida Marte
Ms. Charmagne Castillo
Mr. Lukasz Krukowski
Junior Accountant – Accounts Receivable
Mr. Andrew Gary
Assistant to the Chief of Finance and Operations, Communications & Editorial Assistant
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