DALLAS (BP) -- The 2013 edition of the ministers' annual tax guide from GuideStone Financial Resources is now available.

The Tax Return Preparation and Federal Reporting Guide provides both active and retired ministers step-by-step help in understanding the latest tax laws along with sample tax forms to assist in preparing 2012 federal tax returns.

The tax guide also includes a special section detailing federal reporting requirements for churches.

The guide was written again this year by Richard Hammar, a noted CPA, attorney and widely published author specializing in legal and tax issues for ministers. Additionally, the material is edited by GuideStone's compliance staff to ensure that it addresses, in detail, tax issues directly affecting Southern Baptist pastors.

"As our tax system grows more complicated each year, it is a joy and a privilege for GuideStone to stand alongside the ministers we represent and provide solid counsel from a trusted source," said O.S. Hawkins, GuideStone's president. "Each year so many pastors tell us how thankful they are for this guide and how much it helps them navigate the unique ministerial tax laws. We are blessed to be able to help them with the important task of ensuring that their income tax returns are correct."

The guide can be obtained in PDF format at GuideStone.org/TaxGuide. GuideStone participants can order a free printed copy by calling 1-888-98-GUIDE (1-888-984-8433) between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.

Shelly Moon is a writer for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress ) and in your email ( baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

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