Non Paid Clergy

by Rose Florez
(Bonney Lake, WA, USA)

What tax deductions can a Youth Pastor that is licensed to marry, etc. but is bi-vocational at this time. He does use his home, car, computer and office area at home to do his ministry.

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Mar 03, 2011
Hard to take deductions from zero [non-paid] income
by: Bill OConnell

The tax laws generally do not allow deductions when there is no income. The notable exceptions being charitable contributions and the other well known items on Schedule A of Form 1040.

So the deductions you appear to seek cannot be deducted from income if there is no income. However, they would have to qualify for Sch A charitable contribution status.

Sadly contribution of time cannot be deducted as a charitable contribution.

Take a look at and look at the rules surrounding charitable contributions.

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