Can I designate a housing allowance for multiple years?

A frequently asked question about Clergy Housing is whether a minister must re-designate their housing allowance every year or if they can simply enter a designation that covers multiple years. Surprisingly, Clergy are able to designate for periods longer than a single year. IRS does not specify how long a housing allowance designation must remain…

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Got A Notice From The IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will send a notice or a letter for any number of reasons. It may be about a specific issue on your federal tax return or account or may tell you about changes to your account, ask you for more information, or request a payment. Before you proceed, check where the…

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New PPP Forgiveness Rules

Extend the “covered period” under which small businesses can spend the loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or until Dec. 31. Remove the limits on loan forgiveness for small businesses that were unable to rehire employees, hire new employees or return to the same level of business activity as before the virus. Expand…

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Senate approves House-passed Paycheck Protection Program reform bill

The Senate on Wednesday evening passed by voice vote a House-passed Paycheck Protection Program reform bill, clearing it for President Donald Trump’s signature. Earlier in the afternoon, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin objected to a prior effort to pass the bill via unanimous consent, blocking approval. But Johnson agreed to let the bill pass…

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Are gifts for performing baptisms, weddings or funerals taxable?

Though they may be called “gifts” or “tokens of appreciation”, any money or gifts you receive for performing services like baptisms, weddings or funerals are actually considered taxable income in the eyes of the IRS and should be reported on your tax return. If you don’t want the additional income or tax that results from…

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Can my severance pay be designated as housing?

Whether it is through resignation or retirement, a Church may agree to pay severance pay when a Minister leaves a position. In almost all cases, this severance pay is considered taxable income to the pastor or minister. The question then arises- could you designate this severance pay as housing? This is actually a question of…

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Can Construction Costs be used for the Housing Allowance?

If you’re building a new home or you’re renovating an existing home, you may be wondering: Can I include these construction expenses for my housing allowance? The IRS and federal tax courts have been very clear that Ministers are only permitted to use one residence for the housing allowance. If you have two homes, you…

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What’s next for PPP?

When the House convenes next Wednesday, it is expected to vote on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a standalone bill that would, among other things, lengthen the time churches may spend the funds from their PPP loans. The bill would also eliminate the requirement that 75 percent of a loan’s proceeds must be spent on…

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Do I have to make estimated tax payments?

The United States has a “pay as you go” tax system. The IRS expects payment of income tax and other taxes throughout the year, rather than receiving a lump sum payment. For most people, this is covered by W-2 withholding, but members of the clergy are exempt from mandatory withholding. You must make estimated payments…

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IRS Sending Out New Coronavirus Stimulus Debit Cards

If you are still expecting to receive stimulus payments from the IRS in the form of a paper check, there may be a surprise coming in their mailbox soon.  The U.S. Treasury Department has announced that the IRS will begin sending out stimulus payments on prepaid debit cards instead of mailing paper checks. With these…

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