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1. Improperly classifying employees. 2. Improper calculation and handling of the Pastor's compensation. 3. Miscalculating employee payroll taxes. 4. Failure to file employer tax reports. 5. Not furnishing W2's and 1099's on time!
Clergy, someone who is a minister for federal tax purposes, have a "dual tax status." Simply put, they are considered employees for federal income tax purposes, but are treated as self-employed for Social Security purposes and must pay self-employment taxes (SECA) on their ministerial income.
No, churches cannot withhold FICA for its clergy. However, if the minister allows, the church may withhold federal income taxes.
Yes, churches must withhold the employee's share and pay their matching share of FICA for non-clergy employees. Churches cannot classify non-clergy employees as self-employed to avoid paying FICA.
A general rule is that anyone who performs services for your church is your employee if you can control what will be done and how it will be done. The church should maintain an accurate and current record of employees. If the church pays an individual more than $100.00 during the year, with exception of [...]
Furthermore, musicians are not independent contractors and their compensation should comply with federal regulations. If the church can control (1) who performs the work, (2) what will be done (the end result), and (3) when it will be done, then the person performing that job is an employee of the church.
Generally the answer is no. In order to take advantage of the benefits that the IRS has allocated the minister must perform all the "Sacerdotal Duties" to be classified as a minister for tax purposes. These nine duties are: 1. participate in water baptism. 2. serve or administer the communion. 3. officiate at funerals. 4. [...]