income tax

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

How a Housing Allowance Works on Minister Taxes

Ministers provide an array of services for members of their churches as well as for their communities. Many believe that ministers are under-compensated for the selfless work that they provide and as a result the IRS has given clergymen certain tax-exempt benefits on their taxes including a tax-exempt housing allowance. All expenses for housing including furniture and maintenance can be legally deducted as long as ministers plan accordingly in advance and provide the IRS with detailed and adequate record-keeping. And while minister taxes allow for a housing allowance that is exempt from federal and state income taxes, it is still… 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

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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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