Opt back in to SECA

Is there an IRS form for clergy to opt back into SECA? Or do they simply start paying self-employment taxes on Schedule E? Will this trigger an audit? Will they have to pay "back" self-employment taxes for all prior years in which they opted out?

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May 02, 2018
Cannot Opt Back In
by: Vickey

You cannot opt back into SECA once you have been approved.

The IRS opened a brief window to opt back in many years ago ...but have not done it again and give no indication of ever doing it again.

Remember the "opt out" is only on ministerial income. If you own your own business or earn wages for non-ministerial work....the exclusion does not apply.

Please consult with a knowledgable tax professional on ways to save for your retirement or how much you would need to pay into the SS system (and how to do it) to fulfill the proper 40 quarters you need to receive benefits.

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Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to IRS Form 4361.

If you want to DIY your payroll, I highly recommend you look at using Gusto! It is very user friendly and their support is awesome! Plus they know how to set up and maintain payrolls for churches and nonprofit organizations.

Note: I am a "partner" of Gusto, but as I have told you before ... I never recommend anything that we or our clients have not tried and love =)

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