Clergy Taxes and Why They’re Different

Tax preparation for clergy members is a little different than it is for other workers. While employees in government or private jobs have Medicare, Social Security and income tax withheld, it is forbidden by law to withhold Social Security and Medicare taxes from a clergy member’s wages.

There are several requirements that must be met for the special clergy rules to apply. The minister must be licensed or ordained and have some managerial duties with a church or other house of worship. He or she must lead worship programs and have a leadership role. The minister also has to perform… Continue reading