Part time pastor & housing allowance

by Debbie
(Melbourne, FL)

My husband will be working 15 hours per week (ordained minister). Can he use all of his pay toward housing allowance (his monthly pay will be less than our mortgage alone)?


No...not unless the governing body of the church approved and set up all his salary for a housing allowance.

A housing allowance is a portion (or all) of a minister’s compensation that is so designated in advance by the minister’s employing church.

It must be preapproved by your employing church’s governing body and included in the church’s written records such as a resolution in the minutes.

Up to the point they approve it…his pay will be considered wages as a housing allowance is never retroactive.

Hope this helps,

The Church Accounting Package includes an ebook that explains the housing allowance exclusion in detail.

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