Can non-ordained ministers who serve a church full time recieve a housing allowence?

by Joel Jackson
(Bernville, PA)

I work as a youth pastor at a church in Pennsylvania. I am full time. I am curious if I can receive a housing allowance even though I am not ordained. I am not sure how this tax benefit works?

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Dec 09, 2016
Housing Allowance
by: Anonymous

Go to churchlawtodaystore.com. You can subscribe to their various newsletters. You can also purchase Richard Hammer's church & clergy tax guide. It covers all aspects of housing allowance, employee and clergy salary, etc..

Aug 11, 2017
Housing Allowance
by: Anonymous

Does a minister have to be ordained? No.
The Supreme Court pretty much stated in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (2012) that a minister is whoever a church (or any religious organization, in fact) decides is a minister. In other words, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc.

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