clergy working in another capacity, do they need to pay taxes?

by connie brown
(burbank, california)

A clergy working in pharmacy, are their wages tax exempt?

Vickey's Reply

No clergy's wages are tax exempt.

Only wages earned from performing ministerial duties would be exempt from income tax withholding and FICA withholding.

Note: Clergy still have to pay income taxes on their wages and pay social security taxes on that income through the SECA system. It is just the church is not required to withhold taxes on a qualifying minister.

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