As a minister, you have a unique job and calling on your life. Your tax situation is also unique, and understanding how to navigate your tax status as a minister sets you on the right course to making informed financial decisions.
First, let’s define who the IRS considers a “Minister for Tax Purposes.”
Although a church may think of a person as a minister, the IRS may not consider the same person as a “Minister for Tax Purposes” under its criteria. Ask these five questions to help determine if you or someone else would qualify:
Generally, a Minister for Tax Purposes must be ordained, licensed or commissioned and answer “yes” to a majority of the other four questions. Ministers that qualify under this criteria have unique tax considerations that will impact their financial decisions. First:
If you have any questions about your qualifications, please be sure to contact a tax advisor with experience in ministerial tax issues.
Navigating ministerial tax issues can be complicated, but as part of GuideStone’s mission to enhance the financial security and resilience for those who serve the Lord, we have developed resources to make it easier for you. For more information about common tax-related questions and considerations for ministers, please visit GuideStone.org/MinisterialResources or call us at 1-888-98 GUIDE (1-888-984-8433), Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.
We look forward to serving you as you serve the Lord.