Church paying for Pastor's Estimated Taxes for 1040ES

Should I include this in the pastor's income for the year? Or is it simply a reimbursement of an expense?

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Apr 10, 2013
pastor tax
by: Anonymous

I believe you include it as income on W-2 box 1. You might want to use the sitesearch located on the right

Apr 10, 2013
Paying Estimated Taxes is Income
by: Vickey

It is definitely considered income and should be reported on their W-2.

A Social Security Tax Allowance is a great benefit for ministers, but make sure it is approved and recorded in your church board minutes.

And I am not sure how you are handling the estimated tax payment, but I consulted a tax professional and he stated that although it is not against the law for churches to send in a church check with a minister's 1040ES...it could raise a red flag with the IRS.

He stated it would be better to issue the minister a check for his SST allowance and let him give you back a personal check...if you are the one filing his 1040ES.

Apr 11, 2013
Pastor's Estimated Taxes
by: Anonymous in NC

Specifically, it is the pastor's expense and his/her responsibility to pay--not the church's.

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