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Q&A: Housing Allowance Designation

Can I apply a housing allowance to an IRA?

Q&A: Housing Allowance Designation
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Can I as a retired pastor still apply a housing allowance to my tax return if I switched my 403B (my church's retirement plan) to an IRA after I retired May 31, 2003? I made the switch in October 2003. All of my contributions were made prior to my retirement. I took one distribution in June 2006. I have been taking a monthly distribution since May 2008. I have been applying the housing allowance since I retired, including my 2008 returns, but have been questioned by a CPA as to whether I would still qualify for the allowance. I am very concerned as to what is the right thing to do at this point.

Payments from a minister's 403(b) plan can be designated as housing allowance provided certain qualifications are met. IRC Section 107 requires that all payments of housing allowance be designated in advance and in writing by the organization making the payments. The organization must be a ...

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  • October 7, 2009

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