Those outcomes will be noted by the three-judge panel considering the housing allowance case at the Seventh Circuit.
Whether that panel ultimately affirms the lower court’s decision or overrules it, Lark reiterated the need for churches and clergy to remain prepared during this period of uncertainty—and beyond.
“(I)f the pending decision strikes down the housing allowance, then I think the US Supreme Court will very likely agree to the review the case. However, if the decision upholds the housing allowance, then I would expect the Court not to review the case,” Lark said. “Of course, any prediction about what the US Supreme Court will do is not worth the paper on which it is written. The more important point for ministers and their employers is that they should have a contingency plan to follow in the event that the housing allowance is no longer available.”
Matthew Branaugh is Editor of Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax.
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