Tax Law

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

Figuring Individual and Minister Taxes: Church Donation Tax Laws

Tis the time of year for charitable contributions for individuals, clergymen and churches, but how are charitable donations supposed to be accounted for in regards to taxes?  The IRS actually allows taxpayers to itemize their deductions to write off their donations to charitable organizations; however, the church or organization that is being donated to must meet IRS requirements.

In order to prevent people from taking advantage of this deduction they have created certain rules that govern the timing of donations, maximum allowable deductions and certain documentation is required.  When preparing individual as well as minister taxes, it’s important… Continue reading

2012 Taxes: A List of Miscellaneous Pastor Business Expenses

From moving expenses to personal computer expenses, there are a number of miscellaneous business expenses that pastors can deduct from their federal income tax liability when preparing their 2012 taxes. These include an array of church-related travel and transportation expenses, entertainment and home office expenses.

Here is a list of other expenses to keep in mind for tax preparation this year that is generally tax deductible.

Contributions to a Religious Organization

Contributions made by the pastor to the church are deductible as charitable contributions on Schedule A. If donations are required of the church leader, then these donations are deductible… 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