Form 4361

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

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

Tax Preparation for Missionaries

Serving God and spreading the Good News often requires going outside of your comfort zone and even overseas in order to spread the Word. If God is leading you to teach the masses as a missionary, it’s necessary to consider everything that being a missionary entails which also includes proper tax preparation.

According to IRS Tax services, missionaries fall under the definition of ministers. Ministers and missionaries both are people that are considered ordained by a licensed religious group to conduct religious worship, administer ordinances and follow a church’s prescribed system of beliefs. Therefore a missionary is responsible for filling… Continue reading

How to Properly Prepare Form 4361

Ministers can request exemption from paying self-employment taxes which includes exemption from Social Security taxes. Exemption must be applied for using IRS Form 4361 which can be a bit tricky. Here are the steps to take in order to accurately and easily fill out and submit the form.

1. Download Form 4361 from the IRS website and enter the basic info requested in section 1 including your social security number.

2. Fill out the religious position description that best describes you in Section 2.

3. Enter the date you were ordained and/or licensed in Section 3. A supporting document must… Continue reading