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Ministerial Housing Allowance Ruled Constitutional

On March 15, 2019 in a widely anticipated opinion the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed a lower federal district court, which had ruled in late 2017 against the longstanding housing allowance for ministers. In reversing the lower court decision the appeals court likened the ministers’ housing allowance to other similar benefits in […]

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Ministerial Housing Allowance Under Attack Once Again

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed a new lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the ministers’ housing allowance exclusion. Under current law (Internal Revenue Code, Sec. 107), qualified ministers may exclude from income tax, within certain limits, the fair rental value of church-provided housing, plus the actual cost of utili¬ties or […]

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