FICA being withheld from Housing Allowance.

by Deborah

I am working on a tax return for a minister who is an employee of the church and receives a housing allowance. On the w-2, the housing allowance in included in box 3-Social Security wages and Box 5 Medicare wages and SS and MC is withheld. Is this correct? How is this handled on the Tax Return.

Box 1 only includes the taxable income and does not include the housing allowance.

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CANNOT Withhold FICA from a Housing Allowance
by: Vickey

That church needs to do a MAJOR correction!

1) FICA is NEVER withheld or matched from ANY of minister's compensation (salary or housing allowance)

2) There should NOT be anything reported in Boxes 3, 4, 5, and 6 on a minister W-2. See this page for an example of a minister's W-2:

3) A housing allowance is nontaxable income and no taxes should be withheld from it.

4) Housing allowance payments are reported in Box 14 (a taxpayer's informational box) or in a letter from the church.

At this point you will probably have to file an extension for the minister, so the church can correct his W-2 and the incorrect way their payroll was handled =(

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