Box 14 of the W2 Form is often viewed as an optional box by secular employers to report miscellaneous information to their employees. However, due to the complexity of clergy tax law, it has always been highly recommended by the IRS and an industry standard to report housing allowance in box 14. This best practice method maintains reporting and return compliance. You can also find a W2 example on page 15, Pub. 517, which illustrates the reporting of housing allowance in box 14.

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