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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Is It Time for A New Clergy Tax Advisor?

Selecting a tax advisor or accounting firm may seem easy at first. There are two types of professional services within our industry. The first type is called a “Generalist”, which prepares any and all returns for the public at large. They may have a limited number of clergy returns or none at all.  They do…

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Clergy can still deduct unreimbursed business expenses!

If you are not a licensed tax professional, you probably get most of your tax news from friends, family or news programs. “I don’t have to track business expenses, I heard they are no longer deductible” has been a fairly common statement this tax season. But for Clergy, this statement is actually false! The Tax…

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Clergy Tax Organizer

Clergy Financial Resources would like to invite you to a webinar designed to teach the best method to complete the Clergy Tax Organizer. This is an Internet training webinar on selected organizer topics that features an in-depth discussion designed specifically to assist you in preparing your tax return. The webinar is designed for clergy who…

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Who qualifies for “Clergy Status”

The employing congregation, denomination, integral agency of a denomination or a church, or religious organization is responsible to determine whether an individual qualifies as clergy status under the federal law definition. Having “minister” in the title or ministerial duties in a job description is not enough. The IRS uses the five criteria listed below to…

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Health Care Penalty Removed, but Premium Tax Credit Still in Play

Before 2019, individuals were required to enroll in qualifying health insurance or they would receive a tax penalty. This was called “minimum essential coverage”. You may remember receiving a 1095 form showing all the months that you had coverage. If you didn’t have insurance or you had an insurance gap, you also might have received…

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How does an inheritance get taxed?

If you recently received an inheritance, you may be wondering if you have any tax obligations. Fortunately, except for very large estates, most people will never have to pay any sort of tax on their inheritance. Estate tax is calculated based on the value of the deceased’s assets at time of death. This is usually…

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Getting a Second Opinion on Clergy Taxes

Clergy taxes are an extremely narrow niche of tax law, so many generalist tax companies and software packages are not familiar with the rules. On top of this, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act drastically changed the way that members of the Clergy can claim expenses. If you didn’t file with Clergy Financial Resources, it’s…

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Homeowners Exclusion Can Reduce Tax on Home Sale

Are you selling a personal residence in 2019? If you lived in the home for two out of the five years before the sale date, there may be some good news for you. Under current tax laws, IRS allows for individuals to exclude up to $250,000 of income from the sale of a personal residence….

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