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Clergy Housing Allowance Clarification Act of 2002

26 USC § 107

This law amended the housing allowance exclusion of Section 107 of the tax code to clarify that the parsonage allowance is limited to the fair rental value of the clergy member's home. This provision is effective for tax years beginning after 2001.

It should be noted that the housing allowance exclusion is limited to the least of three amounts:

  1. The rental (housing) allowance declared by the clergyperson's church for the year in question.
  2. The actual expenses of the clergyperson to provide a home in the year in question.
  3. The fair rental value of the clergyperson's home, including furnishings and appurtenances (such as a garage), plus the cost of utilities for the year in question.


     

Resources


United Methodist Housing Allowance Q and A

 
IRS Publication 517 Social Security and Other Information for Members of the Clergy
 
 
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resources updated mlo 6/4/12