State and local income tax withholding for ministers

by Steve
(Mason, Ohio)

You've stated that a church cannot withhold income taxes for a minister. It's clear from the IRS documents that this applies to federal income tax, but does it also apply to state and local income taxes?


Yes, it would apply to state and local taxes too. Churches should not withhold federal or state income taxes from a minster’s wages (except for ministers who have elected voluntary withholding by submitting a Form W-4 to their church).

Hope this helps,

Church Accounting Package

Know the answer? Face the same situation? Please post your answer or comment by using the "comment" link below. Thank you!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Clergy Tax Q&A.

Need a Consultation, help setting up an effective Accounting System, or someone to do your monthly bookkeeping?