tax exemption

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 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