clergy taxes

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 Preparation: Tax Deductions on Business Gifts

When it comes to being a professional or owning a business, there are many circumstances that warrant gift giving. This also applies to clergymen. As a result, the IRS allows business owners including clergymen the ability to deduct expenses for small gratuities and gifts. Gifts given in a professional capacity are often given in order to build goodwill between a business or leader and clients, prospects, congregation, vendors, or employees.

When it comes to determining tax deductibility for these gifts, the IRS publications 535 and 463 outline the rules and guidelines but in general the dollar value of a gift… Continue reading

For a Smooth Tax Season Start Clergy Tax Preparation Early

As the end of the year approaches, so do thoughts of the upcoming tax season. In order for 2012 taxes to go smoothly, it often behooves us to start thinking and preparing for tax time before the year is over. This is especially true for church clergy. They have an array of interesting and complex tax issues that they need to decipher before tax season so it is often suggested that they start early on their taxes.

When it comes to clergy taxes, it’s important to keep good records of all business related expenses throughout the year. Rather than struggling… 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

Minister Tax Strategies

Ministers often go into the ministry because of their love for God and passion for people. Little do they know that the nuances involved in clergy taxes are often quite complicated, leaving them to wonder why they didn’t just become firemen or teachers. Clergymen need not let their passions be doused just because of complicated minister tax laws

Ministers find themselves in a distinct position when it comes to paying clergy taxes to the federal government, which considers them both employees and self-employed at the same time. As a result, it often behooves ministers to seek professional tax preparation help… Continue reading

Pulpit Freedom Sunday Questions Clergy Tax Laws

According to an October 2 Huffington Post blog, nearly 1000 pastors from around the country will have taken on the IRS on Sunday, October 7 by participating in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”. One of the major aspects of clergy tax code is the fact that churches are considered tax-exempt. However, pastors across the country believe that their voices are being silenced politically due to that status.

Currently under the Johnson Amendment, tax-exempt organizations, which include churches, are not allowed to endorse any candidate running for elective public office. Therefore, the questions behind the creation of “Pulpit Free Sunday” is whether or… Continue reading

Basics of Clergy Finances and Taxes

For many pastors, ministers, or clergymen the reason that they get involved in church ministry is because of a higher calling, a passion for their religious beliefs and the people around them. They usually are not in it for the money, concerns about salary or clergy finances are often an afterthought. However, everyone has financial needs and there are some basic questions that need to be answered when it comes to clergy finances and clergy taxes.

Self Employed vs. Employee

As with other employees, religious organization report clergy income on a form W-2. The difference comes in the collection of… Continue reading