Ask the Pros – Clergy Tax Law

Researching a clergy issue on your own takes time and can leave you wondering if you’ve got the right answer. Turn to Clergy Financial Resources to save time while getting the correct answers. Most callers want answers to specific questions on tax returns, interpretations of new laws or maybe you don’t have time to find the answer…

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Get Answers To Your Church & Clergy Tax Law Questions

Ministers are treated differently under the tax code than virtually anybody else in the country. They have advantages and disadvantages that no one else has. Often, confusion exists concerning clergy compensation, deductions and expenses. Our clergy tax professionals can sort out the complexity of clergy tax law. We will research and answer your questions and…

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Clergy who claim deductions for home-mortgage interest, gifts to charity and state and local taxes will have to wait until middle to late February to file their 2010 returns. The Internal Revenue Service attributed the late start of the filing season to changes in tax law for 2010 that were finished last week. The agency needs extra time to put processing systems in place. The delay also applies to filers preparing to take advantage of a deduction for college tuition and fees of up to $4,000, and a separate $250 deduction for teachers’ out-of- pocket classroom expenses. The late start to the filing season will affect an estimated one-third of clergy who itemize their deductions rather than claim the standard deduction. The changes don’t affect the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns.

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2018 Webinar for Clergy W-2 Forms

Filing clergy returns can be an intimidating and even confusing process to the uninitiated. Practitioners and bookkeepers unfamiliar with clergy tax law will quickly find that Clergy W-2 forms differ slightly from regular W-2 forms. Often Social Security and Medicare withholding will get reported by mistake when they should not. Sometimes housing allowance or parsonages…

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Clergy Housing Lands in Seventh Circuit

Churches and the IRS joined forces Wednesday before a sympathetic Seventh Circuit panel to argue that a 65-year-old income tax housing exemption for clergy members does not violate the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. “The court has to take history into account,” said attorney Luke Goodrich of the nonprofit law firm Becket, a public-interest firm representing…

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Housing Allowance for Clergy Couples

Clergy couples are limited to the equivalent of one housing allowance between the two incomes, providing they live in the same location. In this instance, clergy need to be mindful of the amount requested by each spouse in the annual housing allowance resolution. Generally, any expense to provide or maintain the home can be used to justify…

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Clergy Support On-Demand

Ministers are treated differently under the tax code which creates some tax and payroll advantages and disadvantages. Many clergy rely on Clergy Support every day to make informed decisions and too understand the complexity of clergy tax law. We have a dedicated team designed to give you the personal support you need. Clergy Support has…

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Property Tax Exemption for Parsonages

Some states exempt parsonages from property taxes which can either be homes owned by churches and occupied by clergy who serve a local church. California California property tax laws provide for three exemptions that may be claimed on church property: • The Church Exemption, for property that is owned, leased, or rented by a religious…

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Who Qualifies For Special Tax Treatment As A Minister

When a church hires an employee, one of the initial decisions that must be made is whether to treat the worker as clergy, non-clergy employee or contractor. This decision may seem insignificant, but it has huge implications when it comes to payroll and taxes. Ministers have what is commonly referred to as “dual tax status.”…

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2018 Church and Clergy Tax Guide

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches with Richard Hammar‘s 2018 Church & Clergy Tax Guide. Tax law, in general, is highly complex and ever-changing. Add to that the many unique rules that apply to church and clergy and you’re set up for a challenging task that requires an…

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