Monthly Archives: January 2013

Clergy Taxes: Tax Advantages for Ministers

Working as a minister has many benefits, including reaching out to and ministering to a wide array of people who are seeking help and guidance. In addition to helping others, members of the clergy are also eligible for a number of tax benefits as well. These benefits were created for members of the clergy in order to ensure that they were being reimbursed adequately for the important work that they do. Therefore it’s important that pastors are aware of the tax advantages that they are eligible to receive.

Here are some of the tax advantages that can be applied to… Continue reading

Tax Breaks on Minister Taxes

Accounting for tax breaks when figuring and submitting minister taxes can be quite complicated. The government has allowed for a number of tax benefits for members of the clergy that are not available to taxpayers outside of the clergy. These tax breaks were originally created to help members of clergy who were poorly paid. There are actually a number of lucrative exemptions that ministers should be aware of including a housing allowance that can reduce a minister’s tax burden quite effectively.

Here are some common tax benefits that ministers have access to as long as certain IRS qualifications are met.… Continue reading

Pastors Tax Basics: Filing 2012 Taxes

If you are a pastor, then it’s a good idea to start considering tax preparation for your 2012 taxes. Pastors are faced with confusing rules when it comes to their tax status and how and when to pay their taxes. The U.S. government allows pastors to be considered as both employees and self-employed depending on a pastor’s individual situation. For this reason, pastors taxes must be planned carefully and discussed with a professional.

Here are some pastors tax basics if you’ve already begun getting your 2012 taxes together.

Tax Status

Due to the fact that pastors can be classified as… Continue reading

Ministers to Foreign Workers: How to Qualify for a Social Security Exemption

As a member of the clergy you are given the opportunity of exemption from Social Security taxes. Most working citizens are required by law to pay Social Security taxes on their income, however, pastors fall into a few specific groups of people that are exempt. If you are a credentialed minister, opposed to any form of public insurance due to religious beliefs, and are working at a tax-exempt religious organization, you may be exempt from paying Social Security taxes.

There are several groups of people that are eligible for Social Security exemption aside from pastors including foreign workers, students, and… Continue reading

Clergy Finances: Pastor Retirement Options

Throughout their careers, people will often begin preparing and saving for retirement, this is true for pastors as well. At some point in time a pastor will no longer be able to work on a full-time basis but just like everyone else, will need some form of financial compensation to ensure quality of life for him and his family.

These options may or may not be similar to more traditional workers’ options but just like when it comes to pastors taxes and clergy finance, pastor retirement options are still just as effective albeit slightly more non-traditional.

SIMPLE or Roth IRA’s… Continue reading

Clergy Tax Tips: Keeping a Vehicle Mileage Log

As mentioned in a previous blog post in regards to pastors claiming their car payments as tax deductions, a pastor must choose what vehicle deduction they prefer: a vehicle deduction using standard mileage rate or the business use percentage of actual costs. Therefore, when it comes to vehicle deductions, pastors are encouraged to keep a mileage log for business use that includes total miles.

Current tax law requires proper record-keeping when it comes to deducting business use of your vehicle and if a pastor chooses vehicle deductions based off of standard mileage, consistent logging of mileage will save them time… Continue reading

Vehicle Deductions for Pastors

When it comes to tax preparation, appropriately deducting car expenses is an important aspect no matter what your profession, even pastors. If a pastor uses a vehicle for business and personal reasons, they are able to deduct the costs that are involved with the business use of that car. They cannot deduct expenses used for personal reasons including car payments.

A pastor must choose what vehicle deduction they prefer: a vehicle deduction using standard mileage rate or the business use percentage of actual costs. When it comes to vehicle deductions, pastors’ are encouraged to keep a mileage log for business… Continue reading