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Wed, Nov. 27 2013 06:38 AM EDT

Thoughts on the Court Ruling on the Ministers' Housing Allowance

By Thom S. Rainer
Almost as soon as the ruling was made public, I began to receive inquiries through social media, by email, by text, and by phone. U. S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled unconstitutional a provision in the U. S. tax code that allows ministers to declare some or all of their ministerial income as a housing allowance. That allowance is not subject to federal income tax. Though it is still too early to gauge the full implications of this ruling, there are several questions many are asking. I will somewhat randomly try to respond to those questions I've heard. (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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