Religious ministers have unique tax rules. The IRS classifies ministers as dual-status taxpayers, meaning they are considered employees for income taxes but are self-employed for Social Security and Medicare taxes. There's also a Clergy Housing Allowance with its own rules and unique tax treatment. When you combine all these factors, it makes for a unique tax picture.
I've worked with clergy tax clients for many years and wrote several research papers on ministers taxes in my graduate tax classes. I've also been a guest speaker at several ministers conferences on topics related to taxes. If you have any questions I can help with, contact me anytime.
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