FICA Tax Paid by the Church. SECA Paid by the Pastor. Double up?

by Clay Huebner
(Navarre, Florida)

Church ministers and staff were employees of a leasing company to lower Workers' Compensation insurance. The leasing company calculated and remitted FICA tax (employer and employees tax)and paid both to the IRS as far as we know. The leasing company charged the church the employers' share as well as unemployment taxes, workers compensation insurance and their fee. The pastor correctly paid SECA. No credit was taken the amount the church paid in FICA. It cannot be done as far as I know.

Does the church have recourse to a refund from the leasing company for incorrectly paying FICA on the pastor's salary? Do you have any resource recommendation to help?
God bless your ministry.

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