Health Insurance Payroll Deduction…Taxable or Not?

In order for the payroll reductions for health insurance to be tax-free for employees, the church has to establish a POP (premium only plan) or FSA (flexible spending account) or a cafeteria plan. These benefit plans offer the employee the option to forgo part of his or her compensation on a tax-free basis in order…

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MN Department of Revenue Issues TurboTax Warning

 On Friday, March 8, 2013, the Minnesota Department issued the following warning regarding Intuit products used for income tax preparation (TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online, ProSeries). “The Minnesota Department of Revenue advises you not to use Intuit (TurboTax, Lacerte, Intuit online, ProSeries) to file your Minnesota taxes electronically or on paper. Intuit has discovered multiple issues…

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Housing Provided for Student Clergy – Taxable or Not?

Like other fringe benefits, free or discounted church-provided lodging is usually subject to income and other taxes. To determine the fair market value of the housing provided to an intern, the church may check local newspaper listings for comparable rental properties or ask a local realtor for an estimate of the property’s rental value. The…

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Online Tax Software and Your Clergy Tax Return

Online tax software are great programs for basic secular returns but is often times  challenged by the complexity of a clergy return. These software packages do not address some of the tax rules unique to ministers which will greatly affect the accuracy of your return. Therefore, clergy using an online tax software package will require…

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