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1013 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104
United States

(206)762-1991

The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

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Pensions.org Tax Guide for Ministers & Churches

Seattle Presbytery

The Tax Guide for Ministers & Churches is now available in the Tax Resource Center on Pensions.org. It was also mailed to active and retired ministers at the end of January.

Written by renowned clergy and church tax expert Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, this informative guide provides recent tax information for active and retired ministers to use when filing IRS Form 1040 each year. It includes: 

  • details regarding the manse or housing allowance (with the annual housing allowance letter for retired or disabled ministers)
  • rules surrounding ministers regarding federal and social security taxes
  • step-by-step instructions for Form 1040 tax return preparation

There are also two comprehensive examples provided in the back of the guide that demonstrate how to properly complete Form 1040 for both a senior minister and a retired minister.

Visit the Tax Resource Center for additional tax resources, including the Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches booklet.

The information provided in the above-described resources is not intended as a substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice that you may require while preparing your tax returns.