On Saturday, November 23 the Associated Press reported that a federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down the law that gives clergy a housing allowance that is excluded from income tax. An important element of this ruling is that the housing allowances of pastors remain unaffected, because the ruling has been stayed by the judge until the appeals are exhausted. This morning Thom Rainer of Lifeway Resources provided his response to this news. It includes a statement from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Guidestone Resources. To read Rainer’s response and the statement go to http://thomrainer.com/2013/11/25/thoughts-on-the-court-ruling-on-the-ministers-housing-allowance. To read the press release from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) see http://www.ecfa.org/Content/Federal-District-Court-Rules-Clergy-Housing-Exclusion-Unconstitutional. EPC leadership will keep a close watch on this issue as it develops.
Federal Court ruling re: Minister’s Housing Allowance
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