Who is a minister for federal tax purposes?

Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. They are given the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances or sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that church or denomination. If a church or denomination ordains…

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Can Student Clergy Receive a Housing Allowance?

The housing allowance exclusion is available only for qualified “ministers of the gospel.” The term “minister of the gospel” includes ministers, priests, and rabbis, i.e., those who have been ordained, commissioned or licensed by a church and who perform certain duties or services. These duties or services generally include the performance of sacerdotal functions, the…

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Clergy Chartible Contributions FAQ’s

We are always encouraging people to volunteer their time to help their church or other nonprofit organizations. Shouldn’t people who do volunteer work be provided with a tax deduction to compensate them for their donation of time?

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