We understand that preparing your taxes can be complicated with the different tax provisions for clergy. To assist you, the following resources and on-call experts are available to provide information. We recommend that you discuss specifics with a tax or financial advisor familiar with your specific situation.
Tax Reform Legislation
On Friday, December 22, 2017 President Donald Trump signed tax reform legislation into law. Please note, the tax reform legislation does not impact the housing allowance exclusion for clergy.
We will continue to review the tax legislation and its potential impact on the benefits that we offer to our clients and provide relevant updates. If you have specific tax-related questions, we encourage you to contact your personal tax advisor or call our tax hotline at the numbers listed below.
- Nancy N. Fritschner, CPA (877) 305-1414
- The Rev. Canon William F. Geisler, CPA (ret.) (877) 305-1415
Transportation Fringe Benefits Now Subject To Federal Unrelated Business Income Tax
Beginning in 2018, a tax-exempt organization’s unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”) will be increased by the amount the organization pays or incurs for qualified transportation fringe benefits, whether they are paid as an employer-funded benefit or through employee pre-tax salary deductions. Learn more.
2018 Clergy Tax Forms and Resources
- 2018 Tax Guide for Episcopal Ministers (for 2017 Tax Returns)
- State Withholding on Benefit Payments1
- Federal Income Tax Withholding For W4P
Go to Tax Publications to order a printed copy of the Clergy Tax Guide.
1Note: An important form for survivors.
Nancy N. Fritschner, CPA
Member of the CREDO Finance Faculty
The Rev. Canon William Geisler, CPA (ret.)
Regular lecturer on clergy and church tax issues
Please note that this service provides information, not personal tax advice. If you need advice or help preparing your tax returns, you may wish to ask your diocese to refer a CPA or tax advisor in your area who is knowledgeable about clergy taxes.
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