Can a cell phone bill count towards housing allowance?

We are a new church plant with no offices. We work from our home and our cell phones are used for church and personal calls. We also have 2 teenage daughters on the same plan. Does any of that count for housing allowance?

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Sep 02, 2015
Cell phone as housing allowance
by: MarcusNTexas

It seems to me that if a traditional "land line" phone service could be covered by the housing allowance that cell phone service could also be included. However, I think consulting with church leadership on this matter might be advisable, especially to the extent that the additional cost of phones for the children is included in the cell phone bill.

Sep 03, 2015
cell phone bill counted housing allowance expense?
by: Lewis in NC

I agree, the children's added cost might not be allowed as part of the housing allowance expense. Also, another issue that might enter into this is the idea of a home office. A home office probably would not be allowed if those expenses are covered in the housing allowance.

Mar 31, 2016
by: Anonymous

It is hard to get the concept, but a cell phone, computer, or tablet is LISTED PROPERTY. You OWN your cell phone and it has value, even though you receive a service. For instance water, a utility, runs into your house and you use it. With a telephone, you get services, but the IRS doesn't want to pay for the device that uses the services. Check out LISTED PROPERTY with the IRS for a more detailed ruling.

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