Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Ep 59 ~ Understanding Federal Taxes for Ministers and Churches

Segment 1: Tax Realities

  • Ministers Pay Taxes: Dispelling myths.
  • Legal Truth: Courts reject tax exemption claims.
  • Cautionary Note: Risks of tax evasion.

Segment 2: Ministerial Taxes 101

  • Tax Status: Ministers are self-employed.
  • Who's Qualified: Active licensed, ordained, or commissioned ministers.
  • Tax Responsibilities: Pay taxes through withholding or estimated payments.

Segment 3: Compliance & Penalties

  • Filing Rules: Ministers must file if earning over $400.
  • Accuracy Matters: Penalties for wrong tax reporting.
  • Get Help: Advising professional tax assistance.

Segment 4: Church Payroll Taxes

  • Get FEIN: Federal Employer Identification Number is essential.
  • How to Get FEIN: Fill Form SS-4.
  • EFTPS Registration: Needed for tax payments.

Segment 5: Payroll Tax Basics

  • Federal Income Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Social Security Tax
  • Unemployment Taxes for Churches.



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