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Apr 18, 2017

Married Pastoral Couples and Housing Allowance Designation

If a married couple are both designated as ministers, can both have a housing allowance recognizing they will only be able to deduct the actual allowable

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Apr 18, 2017

Daughter Full Time Minister Living with Parents

My daughter is single and still living at home. She has become a full-time kids pastor. If she lives at home can the parents charge her rent and it

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Apr 18, 2017

Quickbooks Online

Two of the issues with any software is where it resides, and how many people can use it. We started using Quickbooks Online (QBO) about 8 years ago.

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Apr 18, 2017

I have a question about being paid as an ocassional worship leader

I have been trying to find a definitive answer to this question. I lead worship for a pastor friend of mine occasionally. I receive a check from the

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Apr 09, 2017

How to reimburse pastor for a cash payment he made to contractor

One of our church members cleans our building for $50/week, which I normally write a check for. One week I was out sick and the pastor paid him out of

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Apr 09, 2017

Aplos Software for Church and Nonprofits

Aplos Software recommended by FreeChurchAccounting.

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Apr 06, 2017

Housing allowance with no church salary

I am an ordained Assembly of God pastor of a very small new church. I do not get paid anything from the church. I teach at the local middle school. Can

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Apr 06, 2017

how do you correct for a w-2 that has the housing allowance in box1 of the w-2

how do you correct for a w-2 that has the housing allowance in box1 of the w-2 Vickey's reply: The issuer will have to file a W-2c. If you file the paper

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Mar 29, 2017

Part-Time Interim Pastor

We are in the process of searching for a part-time interim pastor. He would have no authority in the governance of the church but would preach on Sunday

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Mar 27, 2017

Housing expenses in two states

I serve churches in two states (NC and NY) and have housing expenses in each, about 6 months in both states. How should the housing allowance be set up

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Mar 27, 2017

How to report Housing Allowance (only) on a W-3

If you report 100% of the pastoral donations as housing allowance, how would you fill out a w-3 form if the minister is the only employee with no other

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Mar 19, 2017

moving expenses & storage unit expenses

I am a retired minister. I have 2 questions re Housing Allowance. 1. I have placed furniture and other household goods in a storage unit until I can

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Mar 19, 2017

Position Absolved, When Does Housing Allowance End

I was a full time minister for 2 and a half years and then left my position in August of 2016. I took a housing allowance during that whole time. Are

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Mar 19, 2017

Renting Guest House and how it affects housing allowance.

I am looking at purchasing a property with a guest house. If I choose to rent out the guest house (to family...don't know if that would change anything)

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Mar 19, 2017

Does a minister receive Social Security benefits once he reaches retirement age?

Our pastor of 26 years recently asked me a question that I thought was cut and dry, but in reality I don't think it is quite as cut and dry as I originally

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