The Principles of Fair Compensation call congregations to provide a professional expense allowance for all religious professionals.
U.S. tax law provides that congregations and other organizations that employ ordained ministers or other religious professionals may consider the items below as usual business expenses. Such expenses are not included in the compensation paid to individuals; they are part of the necessary expenses of the organization and are not reported for income tax purposes.
Professional expenses include:
Professional expenses will vary greatly from ministry to ministry depending upon age, career stage, and professional interests.
Leadership Level: Professional Expenses will be provided for all Religious Professionals. They should be set at the greater of 10% of salary (and housing for ministers) or $5,000, pro-rated for part-time religious professionals. Additionally, congregations should provide sufficient funding to ensure professional development for administrative staff.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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