We have a retired ordained pastor who is now our contract missionary assigned in our international mission field. Can he receive any tax benefit, such as a housing allowance like our ordained pastor, if he files a 1099?
There are a couple of tax issues surrounding this question. However, the easiest thing to consider is that individuals in a foreign country are already able to apply the foreign earned income exclusion, making it unnecessary to determine whether the housing allowance is applicable. I would recommend that you review those criteria first.
For more information on missionaries, see the downloadable training resource, "International Safety Overseas" on ChurchSafety.com.