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Rental Value of Parsonages: § 107

30 July, 2015 - 11:49

Read §§ 107 and 265.

A “minister of the gospel” may exclude the housing allowance that a congregation pays to him/her.  Such a taxpayer may spend some of this allowance on home mortgage interest (deductible under § 163(h)) or real estate taxes (deductible under § 164(a)(1)).  Explain how this is a double dip.  How might a congregation, as payor of this allowance, capture some or all of the benefit of the exclusion?