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Federal Judge: Clergy Tax-Free Housing Allowance is Unconstitutional

posted on November 25, 2013

Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Religion News Service reports on a federal court ruling against the IRS clergy housing exemption. The exemption affects around 44,000 priests, rabbis, and imams by shielding a portion of their salary, their housing allowance, from taxes. The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit against the exemption, which was initially intended for clergymen who lived in church-owned parsonages. The case is expected to be appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read at Religion News Service