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  •  This is probably to avoid taxing the church (0+ / 0-)

    Since the church itself is pretty much tax-exempt, the minister gets all of the tax burden in his income statement. Of course, I don't think this applies to church staff, so maybe it's just another preferential tax law that someone should challenge.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:35:24 PM PST

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    •  Could be. (0+ / 0-)

      But it still double taxes the minister, which isn't "fair" or equal treatment. I wonder if a clergy organization might take on the FFRF and complain that its top employee(s) aren't having to pay both halves of FICA and that's not fair, either.

      "Be just and good." John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

      by ogre on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:02:24 AM PST

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