Mid-Year – Housing Allowance Review

Mid-Year Review of Housing Allowance Designations Perhaps the most beneficial tax benefit available to a minister is the clergy housing allowance, which allows a minister to exclude permissible housing expenses from taxable income. Now that that the current year is more than half over, it is a good time for churches and their ministers to…

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The Parsonage Allowance

IRC § 107 provides an exclusion from gross income for a “parsonage allowance,” housing specifically provided as part of the compensation for the services performed as a minister of the gospel. This includes the rental value of a home furnished to him or her as part of compensation or a housing allowance, to the extent…

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What is the housing allowance?

A licensed, commissioned, or ordained minister who performs ministerial services as an employee may be able to exclude from gross income the fair rental value of a home provided as part of compensation (a parsonage) or a housing allowance provided as compensation if it is used to rent or otherwise provide a home. A minister…

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Guide to Clergy Compensation

Clergy Status is a person who has been granted ecclesiastical authority by an association, denomination, or state through the rite of ordination, commissioning, or licensing. 1. Generally, an ordained minister has a Master of Divinity from an accredited theological school and is recognized through the rite of ordination to preach and teach the gospel, to…

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If I pay off my mortgage, how does that affect the housing allowance?

Ministers who live in the same home for a long time may reach the point where they are paying off their mortgage. At this point, many ministers wonder how not having a mortgage will affect their housing allowance. Fortunately, you can still qualify for the housing allowance if you have paid off your mortgage. However,…

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FAQ: Can I only change my housing designation once a year?

No, you can change your designation at any time throughout the year, and you can amend it as needed. IRS details the housing allowance in section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code. While the IRS does not specify when you can designate, they do specify that designating must be done in advance. You can only…

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Can a storage unit rental qualify for housing allowance?

Question – Can I claim storage unit rental as an expense related to housing allowance? Answer – No. IRS only allows expenses related to your primary residence. A separate storage unit is not attached to the home in any way, so it cannot be used as a housing expense. A similar situation occurs with utility…

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