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Gain valuable understanding of how unique, and often confusing, tax laws apply to churches and clergy, plus timely information on how to comply.

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Tax Calendar

Important deadlines for churches and ministers

January 1, 2019

  • Employees and employers each pay Social Security and Medicare taxes equal to 7.65 percent of an employee's wages. The tax rate does not change in 2019. The 7.65 percent tax rate is comprised of two components: (1) a Medicare hospital insurance tax of 1.45 percent, and (2) an “old‑age, survivor and disability” (Social Security) tax of 6.2 percent. There is no maximum amount of wages subject to the Medicare tax. The tax is imposed on all wages regardless of amount. For 2019, the maximum wages subject to Social Security taxes (the 6.2 percent amount) is $132,900. Stated differently, employees who receive wages in excess of $132,900 in 2019 pay the full 7.65 percent tax rate for wages up to $132,900, and the Medicare tax rate of 1.45 percent on all earnings above $132,900. Employers pay an identical amount. The Medicare tax rate for certain high-income taxpayers increases by an additional 0.9 percent.

January 15, 2019

Ministers (who have not elected voluntary withholding) and self-employed workers must file their ...

Tax Topics
  • Church Expenses
    Receipts, reimbursements, mileage, IRS audits
  • Church Income
    Charitable contributions, Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), sales taxes, restricted gifts
  • Clergy
    Exemptions, filing tax returns, housing allowance, definitions, withholdings, penalties, audit risk, estimated taxes, Social Security reporting requirements, taxable income, love gifts, retirement gifts
  • Exemption
    501(c)(3), property tax, sales tax, political activity
  • Payroll & Benefits
    Taxable and nontaxable



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