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      we do, as well as we tax the incomes of clergy and church employees.  But there is a huge amount of lost tax revenue due to church property tax exemptions.

      Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

      by winsock on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:35:39 AM PST

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      •  Indeed we tax the clergy! (6+ / 0-)

        In fact, despite the fact that clergy are hired/contracted/called/posted by congregations/hospitals/senior centers/the military etc. BY LAW they are all, always considered "self-employed."
        BY LAW clergy not ONLY are required to pay the employEE FICA contribution (that most people see on their paychecks) but ALSO the employER FICA matching contribution (that most people who are NOT self-employed never see/think about/do not know.)

        Been there, done that for 22 years.

        The only exception are clergy (like many Roman Catholic clergy, but others too) who take a "vow of poverty" and file a form with the IRS to this effect. They are excused from FICA taxes from both ends....BUT they are also NOT eligible for Social Security in retirement (so that vow of poverty continues to the grave.)

        Otherwise clergy pay federal, state and local taxes like anyone else but they get a double hit on the FICA side.

        Shalom.

        "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

        by WineRev on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:36:27 AM PST

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