Monthly Archives: November 2012

Determining Housing Allowance on Minister Taxes

There are a number of tax exemptions that ministers can benefit from as long as ministers are aware of these exemptions. One of the most common is a tax exempt housing allowance. All expenses for housing which includes furniture and maintenance can be deducted legally. Here is how to determine if you are eligible and how to go about it. 

Determine Eligibility

A minister is defined by the IRS as a person who is “duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church.” Religious employees that don’t have these credentials are not eligible for the housing allowance.

Deductions

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Estimating Tax Payments for 2012 Taxes

If you currently have income that is not subject to tax withholding, you are inevitably dealing with estimated tax payments. A very common example of those dealing with estimated tax payments are church pastors. Pastors taxes often involve estimated payments and it is imperative that these be submitted accurately and in a timely manner to ensure that you’re not underpaying taxes and therefore avoiding penalties for underpayment.

Tips for Estimating Tax Payments for 2012 Taxes 

Determine your expected adjusted gross income by taking last year’s income and adjusting based off of any changes you experienced during the current year.… Continue reading

How to Make Sure Clergy Social Security Exemption is Approved

If they choose, clergymen are allowed social security exemption based on religious objections. However, in order for this to happen, they need to correctly fill out IRS Form 4361 in order to be exempt. It’s important that this form be filled out in an accurate and timely manner. Here are some tips on how to correctly fill out the form and reasons why it may be denied.

Unless they fill out a Form 4361 clergymen normally pay out social security taxes just like anybody else who is employed and earns taxable income. The IRS, however, allows church ministers to file… Continue reading

Gift Giving and Minister Tax Implications

Ministers do a great deal for their congregations. They offer an abundance of love, support and guidance for their parishioners, but above all else they teach and offer God’s love and words to those that need it most. For this reason, ministers often receive gifts from their congregation as tokens of their appreciation, these types of ‘love offerings’ often consist of cash or non-cash gifts and are often received throughout the year. These gifts are lovely sentiments, however, ministers need to keep in mind the minister tax implications that these types of gifts carry with them and how to properly… Continue reading

Claiming Car Payments on Pastors Taxes

When it comes to deductions on taxes, the list can be long and varied depending on your occupation. This is especially true when it comes to pastors taxes. Items such as medical expenses, mortgage interest and travel expenses usually top the list. However, car payments are another standard deduction that should be kept in mind when preparing clergy tax forms.  

Business use of a vehicle is a deductible expense that can be claimed on a tax return for pastors. Members of clergy that use a vehicle for both business and personal use can deduct the cost associated with business… Continue reading

Ministers Take Note: Tips for Properly Filing Your 2012 Taxes

It’s been said that there are two things in life that you can count on, death and taxes. If you’re a minister you’ve most likely got the first one covered, it’s the taxes that may cause some issues. Minister taxes can be somewhat complicated, so if you’ve been called to the ministry it may be a good idea to consider preparing your 2012 taxes early and to talk with a tax professional about the best ways to properly file your taxes. 

As a minister that earns income, you still have to file taxes with the IRS and the state… Continue reading

Ordained Minister Tax Advantages and Benefits

As an ordained minister you may be eligible for a number of tax advantages that you may not be aware of and that are not available to people outside of the ministry. Minister tax benefits were originally instituted to help clergymen as they were originally paid quite poorly.  Ministers that are ordained have the option of taking a number of tax deductions and opting out of payments that others are expected to make as long as certain IRS qualifications are met. Here are several such minister tax benefits.

Exempt from Self-Employment Taxes

When income is received from a church,… Continue reading

Recommendations for Year-End Tax Preparation

The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and the holidays are just around the corner. This means that the year is quickly winding down which also means it’s time to start thinking about 2012 taxes. Early tax preparation is the key to a seamless and stress-free tax season. Clergymen can especially benefit from early tax preparation as their taxes often need to be approved by a tax professional to ensure that they are accurate.

According to a blog post on clergytaxnet.com, there are several tax-related things that clergymen need to consider and possibly apply before the end of the… Continue reading