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File 1040 online Publication 517 - Main Content Table of Contents Social Security CoverageCoverage of Members of the Clergy Coverage of Religious Workers (Church Employees) U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens Ministerial ServicesMinisters Members of Religious Orders Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) TaxMembers of the Clergy Members of Recognized Religious Sects Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net EarningsRegular Method Nonfarm Optional Method Income Tax: Income and ExpensesIncome Items Expense Items Income Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Filing Your Return Retirement Savings ArrangementsDeducting contributions to tax-sheltered annuity plans. File 1040 online Full-time student. File 1040 online Adjusted gross income. File 1040 online More information. File 1040 online Earned Income Credit Comprehensive ExampleForm W-2 From Church Form W-2 From College Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Form 2106-EZ Schedule A (Form 1040) Schedule SE (Form 1040) Form 1040 Attachment 1 Attachment 2 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Social Security Coverage This section gives information about which system (SECA or FICA) is used to collect social security and Medicare taxes from members of the clergy (ministers, members of a religious order, and Christian Science practitioners and readers) and religious workers (church employees). File 1040 online Coverage of Members of the Clergy The services you perform in the exercise of your ministry, of the duties required by your religious order, or of your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader are covered by social security and Medicare under SECA. File 1040 online Your earnings for these ministerial services (defined later) are subject to self-employment (SE) tax unless one of the following applies. File 1040 online You are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty. File 1040 online You ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for an exemption from SE tax for your services and the IRS approves your request. File 1040 online See Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File 1040 online You are subject only to the social security laws of a foreign country under the provisions of a social security agreement between the United States and that country. File 1040 online For more information, see Bilateral Social Security (Totalization) Agreements in Publication 54. File 1040 online Your earnings that are not from ministerial services may be subject to social security tax under FICA or SECA according to the rules that apply to taxpayers in general. File 1040 online See Ministerial Services , later. File 1040 online Ministers If you are a minister of a church, your earnings for the services you perform in your capacity as a minister are subject to SE tax, even if you perform these services as an employee of that church. File 1040 online However, you can request that the IRS grant you an exemption, as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File 1040 online For the specific services covered, see Ministerial Services , later. File 1040 online Ministers defined. File 1040 online   Ministers are individuals who are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed by a religious body constituting a church or church denomination. File 1040 online Ministers have the authority to conduct religious worship, perform sacerdotal functions, and administer ordinances or sacraments according to the prescribed tenets and practices of that church or denomination. File 1040 online   If a church or denomination ordains some ministers and licenses or commissions others, anyone licensed or commissioned must be able to perform substantially all the religious functions of an ordained minister to be treated as a minister for social security purposes. File 1040 online Employment status for other tax purposes. File 1040 online   Even though all of your income from performing ministerial services is subject to self-employment tax for social security tax purposes, you may be an employee for income tax or retirement plan purposes in performing those same services. File 1040 online For income tax or retirement plan purposes, your income earned as an employee will be considered wages. File 1040 online Common-law employee. File 1040 online   Under common-law rules, you are considered either an employee or a self-employed person. File 1040 online Generally, you are an employee if you perform services for someone who has the legal right to control both what you do and how you do it, even if you have considerable discretion and freedom of action. File 1040 online For more information about the common-law rules, see Publication 15-A, Employer's Supplemental Tax Guide. File 1040 online   If a congregation employs you and pays you a salary, you are generally a common-law employee and income from the exercise of your ministry is wages for income tax purposes. File 1040 online However, amounts received directly from members of the congregation, such as fees for performing marriages, baptisms, or other personal services, are not wages; such amounts are self-employment income for both income tax purposes and social security tax purposes. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online A church hires and pays you a salary to perform ministerial services subject to its control. File 1040 online Under the common-law rules, you are an employee of the church while performing those services. File 1040 online Form SS-8. File 1040 online   If you are not certain whether you are an employee or a self-employed person, you can get a determination from the IRS by filing Form SS-8. File 1040 online Members of Religious Orders If you are a member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty, your earnings for ministerial services you perform as a member of the order are subject to SE tax. File 1040 online See Ministerial Services , later. File 1040 online However, you can request that the IRS grant you an exemption as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File 1040 online Vow of poverty. File 1040 online   If you are a member of a religious order and have taken a vow of poverty, you are already exempt from paying SE tax on your earnings for ministerial services you perform as an agent of your church or its agencies. File 1040 online You do not need to request a separate exemption. File 1040 online For income tax purposes, the earnings are tax free to you. File 1040 online Your earnings are considered the income of the religious order. File 1040 online Services covered under FICA at the election of the order. File 1040 online   However, even if you have taken a vow of poverty, the services you perform for your church or its agencies may be covered under social security. File 1040 online Your services are covered if your order, or an autonomous subdivision of the order, elects social security coverage for its current and future vow-of-poverty members. File 1040 online   The order or subdivision elects coverage by filing Form SS-16. File 1040 online The election may cover certain vow-of-poverty members for a retroactive period of up to 20 calendar quarters before the quarter in which it files the certificate. File 1040 online If the election is made, the order or subdivision pays both the employer's and employee's share of the tax. File 1040 online You do not pay any of the FICA tax. File 1040 online Services performed outside the order. File 1040 online   Even if you are a member of a religious order who has taken a vow of poverty and the order requires you to turn over amounts you earn, your earnings are subject to federal income tax and either SE tax or FICA tax (including estimated tax payments and/or withholding) if you: Are self-employed or an employee of an organization outside your religious community, and Perform work not required by, or done on behalf of, the order. File 1040 online   In these cases, your income from self-employment or as an employee of that outside organization is taxable to you directly. File 1040 online You may, however, be able to take a charitable deduction for the amount you turn over to the order. File 1040 online See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. File 1040 online Rulings. File 1040 online   Organizations and individuals may request rulings from the IRS on whether they are religious orders, or members of a religious order, respectively, for FICA tax, SE tax, and federal income tax withholding purposes. File 1040 online To request a ruling, follow the procedures in Revenue Procedure 2014-1, 2014-1 I. File 1040 online R. File 1040 online B. File 1040 online 1, available at www. File 1040 online irs. File 1040 online gov/irb/2014-1_IRB/ar05. File 1040 online html. File 1040 online Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Generally, your earnings from services you perform in your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader are subject to SE tax. File 1040 online However, you can request an exemption as discussed under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax , later. File 1040 online Practitioners. File 1040 online   Christian Science practitioners are members in good standing of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, who practice healing according to the teachings of Christian Science. File 1040 online State law specifically exempts Christian Science practitioners from licensing requirements. File 1040 online   Some Christian Science practitioners also are Christian Science teachers or lecturers. File 1040 online Income from teaching or lecturing is considered the same as income from their work as practitioners. File 1040 online Readers. File 1040 online   For tax purposes, Christian Science readers are considered the same as ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers. File 1040 online Coverage of Religious Workers (Church Employees) If you are a religious worker (a church employee) and are not in one of the classes already discussed, your wages are generally subject to social security and Medicare tax under FICA, not SECA. File 1040 online Some exceptions are discussed next. File 1040 online Election by Church To Exclude Its Employees From FICA Coverage Churches and qualified church-controlled organizations (church organizations) that are opposed for religious reasons to the payment of social security and Medicare taxes can elect to exclude their employees from FICA coverage. File 1040 online If your employer makes this election, it does not pay the employer's portion of the FICA taxes or withhold from your pay your portion of the FICA taxes. File 1040 online Instead, your wages are subject to SECA and you must pay SE tax on your wages if they exceed $108. File 1040 online 28 during the tax year. File 1040 online However, you can request an exemption from SE tax if you are a member of a recognized religious sect, as discussed below. File 1040 online Churches and church organizations make this election by filing two copies of Form 8274. File 1040 online For more information about making this election, see Form 8274. File 1040 online Election by Certain Church Employees Who Are Opposed to Social Security and Medicare You may be able to choose to be exempt from social security and Medicare taxes, including the SE tax, if you are a member of a recognized religious sect or division and work for a church (or church-controlled nonprofit division) that does not pay the employer's part of the social security tax on wages. File 1040 online This exemption does not apply to your service, if any, as a minister of a church or as a member of a religious order. File 1040 online Make this choice by filing Form 4029. File 1040 online See Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 , later, under Members of Recognized Religious Sects. File 1040 online U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens To be covered under the SE tax provisions (SECA), individuals generally must be citizens or resident aliens of the United States. File 1040 online Nonresident aliens are not covered under SECA unless a social security agreement in effect between the United States and the foreign country determines that you are covered under the U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online social security system. File 1040 online To determine your alien status, see Publication 519, U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Tax Guide for Aliens. File 1040 online Residents of Puerto Rico, the U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Virgin Islands, Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa. File 1040 online   If you are a resident of one of these U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online possessions but not a U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online citizen, for SE tax purposes you are treated the same as a citizen or resident alien of the United States. File 1040 online For information on figuring the tax, see Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings , later. File 1040 online Ministerial Services Ministerial services, in general, are the services you perform in the exercise of your ministry, in the exercise of your duties as required by your religious order, or in the exercise of your profession as a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File 1040 online Income you receive for performing ministerial services is subject to SE tax unless you have an exemption as explained later. File 1040 online Even if you have an exemption, only the income you receive for performing ministerial services is exempt. File 1040 online The exemption does not apply to any other income. File 1040 online The following discussions provide more detailed information on ministerial services of ministers, members of a religious order, and Christian Science practitioners and readers. File 1040 online Ministers Most services you perform as a minister, priest, rabbi, etc. File 1040 online , are ministerial services. File 1040 online These services include: Performing sacerdotal functions, Conducting religious worship, and Controlling, conducting, and maintaining religious organizations (including the religious boards, societies, and other integral agencies of such organizations) that are under the authority of a religious body that is a church or denomination. File 1040 online You are considered to control, conduct, and maintain a religious organization if you direct, manage, or promote the organization's activities. File 1040 online A religious organization is under the authority of a religious body that is a church or denomination if it is organized for and dedicated to carrying out the principles of a faith according to the requirements governing the creation of institutions of the faith. File 1040 online Services for nonreligious organizations. File 1040 online   Your services for a nonreligious organization are ministerial services if the services are assigned or designated by your church. File 1040 online Assigned or designated services qualify even if they do not involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File 1040 online   If your services are not assigned or designated by your church, they are ministerial services only if they involve performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File 1040 online Services that are not part of your ministry. File 1040 online   Income from services you perform as an employee that are not ministerial services is subject to social security and Medicare tax withholding under FICA (not SECA) under the rules that apply to employees in general. File 1040 online The following are not ministerial services. File 1040 online Services you perform for nonreligious organizations other than the services stated above. File 1040 online Services you perform as a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church as an employee of the United States, the District of Columbia, a foreign government, or any of their political subdivisions. File 1040 online These services are not ministerial services even if you are performing sacerdotal functions or conducting religious worship. File 1040 online (For example, if you perform services as a chaplain in the Armed Forces of the United States, those services are not ministerial services. File 1040 online ) Services you perform in a government-owned and operated hospital. File 1040 online (These services are considered performed by a government employee, not by a minister as part of the ministry. File 1040 online ) However, services that you perform at a church-related hospital or health and welfare institution, or a private nonprofit hospital, are considered to be part of the ministry and are considered ministerial services. File 1040 online Books or articles. File 1040 online   Writing religious books or articles is considered to be in the exercise of your ministry and is considered a ministerial service. File 1040 online   This rule also applies to members of religious orders and to Christian Science practitioners and readers. File 1040 online Members of Religious Orders Services you perform as a member of a religious order in the exercise of duties required by the order are ministerial services. File 1040 online The services are considered ministerial because you perform them as an agent of the order. File 1040 online For example, if the order directs you to perform services for another agency of the supervising church or an associated institution, you are considered to perform the services as an agent of the order. File 1040 online However, if the order directs you to work outside the order, this employment will not be considered a duty required by the order unless: Your services are the kind that are ordinarily performed by members of the order, and Your services are part of the duties that must be exercised for, or on behalf of, the religious order as its agent. File 1040 online Effect of employee status. File 1040 online   Ordinarily, if your services are not considered directed or required of you by the order, you and the outside party for whom you work are considered employee and employer. File 1040 online In this case, your earnings from the services are taxed under the rules that apply to employees in general, not under the rules for services provided as agent for the order. File 1040 online This result is true even if you have taken a vow of poverty. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Pat Brown and Chris Green are members of a religious order and have taken vows of poverty. File 1040 online They renounce all claims to their earnings. File 1040 online The earnings belong to the order. File 1040 online Pat is a licensed attorney. File 1040 online The superiors of the order instructed her to get a job with a law firm. File 1040 online Pat joined a law firm as an employee and, as she requested, the firm made the salary payments directly to the order. File 1040 online Chris is a secretary. File 1040 online The superiors of the order instructed him to accept a job with the business office of the church that supervises the order. File 1040 online Chris took the job and gave all his earnings to the order. File 1040 online Pat's services are not duties required by the order. File 1040 online Her earnings are subject to social security and Medicare tax under FICA and to federal income tax. File 1040 online Chris' services are duties required by the order. File 1040 online He is acting as an agent of the order and not as an employee of a third party. File 1040 online He does not include the earnings in gross income, and they are not subject to income tax withholding or to social security and Medicare tax under FICA or SECA. File 1040 online Christian Science Practitioners and Readers Services you perform as a Christian Science practitioner or reader in the exercise of your profession are ministerial services. File 1040 online Amounts you receive for performing these services are generally subject to SE tax. File 1040 online You may request an exemption from SE tax, discussed next, which applies only to those services. File 1040 online Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax You can request an exemption from SE tax if you are a member of the clergy (minister, member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner or reader) or a member of a recognized religious sect. File 1040 online Generally, members of religious orders who have taken a vow of poverty are already exempt from paying SE tax, as discussed earlier under Members of Religious Orders under Social Security Coverage. File 1040 online They do not have to request the exemption. File 1040 online Who cannot be exempt. File 1040 online   You cannot be exempt from SE tax if you made one of the following elections to be covered under social security. File 1040 online These elections are irrevocable. File 1040 online You elected to be covered under social security by filing Form 2031, Revocation of Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use by Ministers, Members of Religious Orders, and Christian Science Practitioners, for your 1986, 1987, 2000, or 2001 tax year. File 1040 online You elected before 1968 to be covered under social security for your ministerial services. File 1040 online Requesting exemption. File 1040 online    Table 2, earlier, briefly summarizes the procedure for requesting exemption from the SE tax. File 1040 online More detailed explanations follow. File 1040 online If you are a minister, member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner, an approved exemption only applies to earnings you receive for ministerial services, discussed earlier. File 1040 online It does not apply to any other self-employment income. File 1040 online Table 2. File 1040 online The Self-Employment Tax Exemption Application and Approval Process   Who Can Apply Members of the Clergy Members of Recognized  Religious Sects How File Form 4361 File Form 4029 When File by the due date (including extensions) of your income tax return for the second tax year in which you had at least $400 of net earnings from self-employment (at least part from ministerial services) File anytime Approval If approved, you will receive an approved copy of Form 4361 If approved, you will receive an approved copy of Form 4029 Effective Date For all tax years after 1967 in which you have at least $400 of net earnings from self-employment For all tax years beginning with the first year you meet the eligibility requirements discussed later Members of the Clergy To claim the exemption from SE tax, you must meet all of the following conditions. File 1040 online You file Form 4361, described below under Requesting Exemption—Form 4361 . File 1040 online You are conscientiously opposed to public insurance because of your individual religious considerations (not because of your general conscience), or you are opposed because of the principles of your religious denomination. File 1040 online You file for other than economic reasons. File 1040 online You inform the ordaining, commissioning, or licensing body of your church or order that you are opposed to public insurance if you are a minister or a member of a religious order (other than a vow-of-poverty member). File 1040 online This requirement does not apply to Christian Science practitioners or readers. File 1040 online You establish that the organization that ordained, commissioned, or licensed you, or your religious order, is a tax-exempt religious organization. File 1040 online You establish that the organization is a church or a convention or association of churches. File 1040 online You did not make an election discussed earlier under Who cannot be exempt . File 1040 online You sign and return the statement the IRS mails to you to certify that you are requesting an exemption based on the grounds listed on the statement. File 1040 online Requesting Exemption—Form 4361 To request exemption from SE tax, file Form 4361 in triplicate (original and two copies) with the IRS. File 1040 online The IRS will return to you a copy of the Form 4361 that you filed indicating whether it has approved your exemption. File 1040 online If it is approved, keep the approved copy of Form 4361 in your permanent records. File 1040 online When to file. File 1040 online   File Form 4361 by the date your income tax return is due, including extensions, for the second tax year in which both of the following are true. File 1040 online You have net earnings from self-employment of at least $400. File 1040 online Any part of those net earnings was from ministerial services you performed as a: Minister, Member of a religious order, or Christian Science practitioner or reader. File 1040 online The 2 years do not have to be consecutive tax years. File 1040 online    The approval process can take some time, so you should file Form 4361 as soon as possible. File 1040 online Example 1. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Lawrence Jaeger, a clergyman ordained in 2013, has net self-employment earnings as a minister of $450 in 2013 and $500 in 2014. File 1040 online He must file his application for exemption by the due date, including extensions, for his 2014 income tax return. File 1040 online However, if Rev. File 1040 online Jaeger does not receive IRS approval for an exemption by April 15, 2015, his SE tax for 2014 is due by that date. File 1040 online Example 2. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Louise Wolfe has only $300 in net self-employment earnings as a minister in 2013, but earned more than $400 in 2012 and expects to earn more than $400 in 2014. File 1040 online She must file her application for exemption by the due date, including extensions, for her 2014 income tax return. File 1040 online However, if she does not receive IRS approval for an exemption by April 15, 2015, her SE tax for 2014 is due by that date. File 1040 online Example 3. File 1040 online In 2011, Rev. File 1040 online David Moss was ordained a minister and had $700 in net self-employment earnings as a minister. File 1040 online In 2012, he received $1,000 as a minister, but his related expenses were over $1,000. File 1040 online Therefore, he had no net self-employment earnings as a minister in 2012. File 1040 online Also in 2012, he opened a book store and had $8,000 in net self-employment earnings from the store. File 1040 online In 2013, he had net self-employment earnings of $1,500 as a minister and $10,000 net self-employment earnings from the store. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Moss had net earnings from self-employment in 2011 and 2013 that were $400 or more each year, and part of the self-employment earnings in each of those years was for his services as a minister. File 1040 online Thus, he must file his application for exemption by the due date, including extensions, for his 2013 income tax return. File 1040 online Death of individual. File 1040 online   The right to file an application for exemption ends with an individual's death. File 1040 online A surviving spouse, executor, or administrator cannot file an exemption application for a deceased clergy member. File 1040 online Effective date of exemption. File 1040 online   An approved exemption is effective for all tax years after 1967 in which you have $400 or more of net earnings from self-employment and any part of those earnings is for services as a member of the clergy. File 1040 online Once the exemption is approved, it is irrevocable. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Trudy Austin, ordained in 2010, had $400 or more in net self-employment earnings as a minister in both 2010 and 2013. File 1040 online She files an application for exemption on February 20, 2014. File 1040 online If an exemption is granted, it is effective for 2010 and the following years. File 1040 online Refunds of SE tax. File 1040 online   If, after receiving an approved Form 4361, you find that you overpaid SE tax, you can file a claim for refund on Form 1040X. File 1040 online Generally, for a refund, you must file Form 1040X within 3 years from the date you filed the return or within 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. File 1040 online A return you filed, or tax you paid, before the due date is considered to have been filed or paid on the due date. File 1040 online   If you file a claim after the 3-year period but within 2 years from the time you paid the tax, the credit or refund will not be more than the tax you paid within the 2 years immediately before you file the claim. File 1040 online Members of Recognized Religious Sects If you are a member of a recognized religious sect, or a division of a recognized religious sect, you can apply for an exemption from payment of social security and Medicare taxes on both your self-employment income and the wages you earn from an employer who also has an exemption. File 1040 online Exception. File 1040 online   If you received social security benefits or payments, or anyone else received these benefits or payments based on your wages or self-employment income, you cannot apply. File 1040 online However, if you pay your benefits back, you may be considered for exemption. File 1040 online Contact your local Social Security Administration office to find out the amount you must pay back. File 1040 online Eligibility requirements. File 1040 online   To claim this exemption from SE tax, all the following requirements must be met. File 1040 online You must file Form 4029, discussed later under Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 . File 1040 online As a follower of the established teachings of the sect or division, you must be conscientiously opposed to accepting benefits of any private or public insurance that makes payments for death, disability, old age, retirement, or medical care, or provides services for medical care. File 1040 online You must waive all rights to receive any social security payment or benefit and agree that no benefits or payments will be made to anyone else based on your wages and self-employment income. File 1040 online The Commissioner of Social Security must determine that: Your sect or division has the established teachings as described in (2) above, It is the practice, and has been for a substantial period of time, for members of the sect or division to provide for their dependent members in a manner that is reasonable in view of the members' general level of living, and The sect or division has existed at all times since December 31, 1950. File 1040 online Requesting Exemption—Form 4029 To request the exemption, file Form 4029 in triplicate (original and two copies) with the Social Security Administration at the address shown on the form. File 1040 online The sect or division must complete part of the form. File 1040 online The IRS will return to you a copy of the Form 4029 that you filed indicating whether it has approved your exemption. File 1040 online If it is approved, keep the approved copy of Form 4029 in your permanent records. File 1040 online When to file. File 1040 online   You can file Form 4029 at any time. File 1040 online   If you have an approved exemption from SE tax and for some reason that approved exemption ended, you must file a new Form 4029 if you subsequently meet the eligibility requirements, discussed earlier. File 1040 online See Effective date of exemption next for information on when the newly approved exemption would become effective. File 1040 online    If you have a previously approved exemption from SE tax and you change membership to another recognized religious sect, without any change to your eligibility requirements, then you do not need to file a new Form 4029. File 1040 online Effective date of exemption. File 1040 online   An approved exemption from SE tax generally is effective for all tax years beginning with the first year you meet the eligibility requirements discussed earlier. File 1040 online (For example, if you meet the eligibility requirements in 2011, you file Form 4029 in 2012, and the IRS approves your exemption in 2013, your exemption is effective for tax year 2011 and all later years. File 1040 online )   The exemption will end if you fail to meet the eligibility requirements or if the Commissioner of Social Security determines that the sect or division fails to meet them. File 1040 online You must notify the IRS within 60 days if you are no longer a member of the religious group, or if you no longer follow the established teachings of this group. File 1040 online The exemption will end for the tax year where you or your sect/division first fails to meet the eligibility requirements. File 1040 online Refunds of SE tax paid. File 1040 online    To get a refund of any SE tax you paid while the exemption was in effect, file Form 1040X. File 1040 online For information on filing this form, see Refunds of SE tax under Requesting Exemption—Form 4361, earlier. File 1040 online Exemption From FICA Taxes Generally, under FICA, the employer and the employee each pay half of the social security and Medicare tax. File 1040 online Both the employee and the employer, if they meet the eligibility requirements discussed earlier, can apply to be exempt from their share of FICA taxes on wages paid by the employer to the employee. File 1040 online A partnership in which each partner holds a religious exemption from social security and Medicare is an employer for this purpose. File 1040 online If the employer's application is approved, the exemption will apply only to FICA taxes on wages paid to employees who also received an approval of identical applications. File 1040 online Information for employers. File 1040 online   If you have an approved Form 4029 and you have an employee who has an approved Form 4029, do not report wages you paid to the employee as social security and Medicare wages. File 1040 online   If you have an employee who does not have an approved Form 4029, you must withhold the employee's share of social security and Medicare taxes and pay the employer's share. File 1040 online Form W-2. File 1040 online   When preparing a Form W-2 for an employee with an approved Form 4029, enter “Form 4029” in box 14, “Other. File 1040 online ” Do not make any entries in boxes 3, 4, 5, or 6. File 1040 online Forms 941, 943, and 944. File 1040 online   If both you and your employee have received approved Forms 4029, do not include these exempt wages on the following forms. File 1040 online Instead, follow the instructions given below. File 1040 online Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return: check the box on line 4 and enter “Form 4029” in the empty space below the check box. File 1040 online Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees: enter “Form 4029” on the dotted line next to the lines 2 and 4 entry spaces. File 1040 online Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return: check the box on line 3 and enter “Form 4029” in the empty space below the check box. File 1040 online Effective date. File 1040 online   An approved exemption from FICA becomes effective on the first day of the first calendar quarter after the quarter in which you file Form 4029. File 1040 online The exemption will end on the last day of the calendar quarter before the quarter in which the employer, employee, sect, or division fails to meet the requirements. File 1040 online Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings There are two methods for figuring your net earnings from self-employment as a member of the clergy or a religious worker. File 1040 online Regular method. File 1040 online Nonfarm optional method. File 1040 online You may find Worksheets 1 through 4 helpful in figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online Blank worksheets are in the back of this publication, after the Comprehensive Example. File 1040 online Regular Method Most people use the regular method. File 1040 online Under this method, figure your net earnings from self-employment by totaling your gross income for services you performed as a minister, a member of a religious order who has not taken a vow of poverty, or a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File 1040 online Then, subtract your allowable business deductions and multiply the difference by 92. File 1040 online 35% (. File 1040 online 9235). File 1040 online Use Schedule SE (Form 1040) to figure your net earnings and SE tax. File 1040 online If you are an employee of a church that elected to exclude you from FICA coverage, figure net earnings by multiplying your church wages shown on Form W-2 by 92. File 1040 online 35% (. File 1040 online 9235). File 1040 online Do not reduce your wages by any business deductions when making this computation. File 1040 online Use Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section B, to figure your net earnings and SE tax. File 1040 online If you have an approved exemption, or you are automatically exempt, do not include the income or deductions from ministerial services in figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online Amounts included in gross income. File 1040 online   To figure your net earnings from self-employment (on Schedule SE (Form 1040)), include in gross income: Salaries and fees for your ministerial services (discussed earlier), Offerings you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. File 1040 online , The value of meals and lodging provided to you, your spouse, and your dependents for your employer's convenience, The fair rental value of a parsonage provided to you (including the cost of utilities that are furnished) and the rental allowance (including an amount for payment of utilities) paid to you, and Any amount a church pays toward your income tax or SE tax, other than withholding the amount from your salary. File 1040 online This amount is also subject to income tax. File 1040 online   For the income tax treatment of items (2) and (4), see Income Tax: Income and Expenses , later. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Pastor Roger Adams receives an annual salary of $39,000 as a full-time minister. File 1040 online The $39,000 includes $5,000 that is designated as a rental allowance to pay utilities. File 1040 online His church owns a parsonage that has a fair rental value of $12,000 per year. File 1040 online The church gives Pastor Adams the use of the parsonage. File 1040 online He is not exempt from SE tax. File 1040 online He must include $51,000 ($39,000 plus $12,000) when figuring his net earnings for SE tax purposes. File 1040 online The results would be the same if, instead of the use of the parsonage and receipt of the rental allowance for utilities, Pastor Adams had received an annual salary of $51,000 of which $17,000 ($5,000 plus $12,000) per year was designated as a rental allowance. File 1040 online Overseas duty. File 1040 online   Your net earnings from self-employment are determined without any foreign earned income exclusion or the foreign housing exclusion or deduction if you are a U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online citizen or resident alien serving abroad and living in a foreign country. File 1040 online   For information on excluding foreign earned income or the foreign housing amount, see Publication 54. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Diane Jones was the minister of a U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online church in Mexico. File 1040 online She earned $35,000 in that position and was able to exclude it all for income tax purposes under the foreign earned income exclusion. File 1040 online The United States does not have a social security agreement with Mexico, so Mrs. File 1040 online Jones is subject to U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online SE tax and must include $35,000 when figuring net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online Specified U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online possessions. File 1040 online    The exclusion from gross income for amounts derived from American Samoa or Puerto Rico does not apply in computing net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online Also see Residents of Puerto Rico, the U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Virgin Islands, Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa , earlier, under U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Citizens and Resident and Nonresident Aliens. File 1040 online Amounts not included in gross income. File 1040 online   Do not include the following amounts in gross income when figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online Offerings that others made to the church. File 1040 online Contributions by your church to a tax-sheltered annuity plan set up for you, including any salary reduction contributions (elective deferrals) that are not included in your gross income. File 1040 online Pension payments or retirement allowances you receive for your past ministerial services. File 1040 online The rental value of a parsonage or a parsonage allowance provided to you after you retire. File 1040 online Allowable deductions. File 1040 online   When figuring your net earnings from self-employment, deduct all your expenses related to your ministerial services performed as a self-employed person. File 1040 online These are ministerial expenses you incurred while working other than as a common-law employee of the church. File 1040 online They include expenses incurred in performing marriages and baptisms, and in delivering speeches. File 1040 online Deduct these expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040), and carry the net amount to line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B. File 1040 online   Wages earned as a common-law employee (explained earlier) of a church are generally subject to self-employment tax unless an exemption is requested, as discussed earlier under Exemption From Self-Employment (SE) Tax . File 1040 online Subtract any allowable expenses (including unreimbursed employee business expenses) from those wages, include the net amount on line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B, and attach an explanation. File 1040 online Do not complete Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040). File 1040 online However, for income tax purposes, the expenses are allowed only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) to the extent they exceed 2% of adjusted gross income. File 1040 online Employee reimbursement arrangements. File 1040 online   If you received an advance, allowance, or reimbursement for your employee expenses, how you report this amount and your employee expenses depends on whether your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. File 1040 online Ask your employer if you are not sure if it reimburses you using an accountable or a nonaccountable plan. File 1040 online Accountable plans. File 1040 online   To be an accountable plan, your employer's reimbursement arrangement must include all three of the following rules. File 1040 online Your expenses must have a business connection—that is, you must have paid or incurred deductible expenses while performing services as an employee of your employer. File 1040 online You must adequately account to your employer for these expenses within a reasonable period of time. File 1040 online You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. File 1040 online   The reimbursement is not reported on your Form W-2. File 1040 online Generally, if your expenses equal your reimbursement, you have no deduction. File 1040 online If your expenses are more than your reimbursement, you can deduct your excess expenses for SE tax and income tax purposes. File 1040 online Nonaccountable plan. File 1040 online   A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not meet all three of the rules listed under Accountable plans above. File 1040 online In addition, even if your employer has an accountable plan, the following payments will be treated as being paid under a nonaccountable plan. File 1040 online Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer. File 1040 online Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses related to your employer's business. File 1040 online   Your employer will combine any reimbursement paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other compensation and report the combined total in box 1 of your Form W-2. File 1040 online Since reimbursements under a nonaccountable plan are included in your gross income, you can deduct your related expenses (for SE tax and income tax purposes) regardless of whether they are more than, less than, or equal to your reimbursement. File 1040 online   For more information on accountable and nonaccountable plans, see Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. File 1040 online Married Couple Missionary Team If both spouses are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of a church and have an agreement that each will perform specific services for which they are paid jointly or separately, they must divide the self-employment income according to the agreement. File 1040 online If the agreement is with one spouse only and the other spouse is not paid for any specific duties, amounts received for their services are included only in the self-employment income of the spouse having the agreement. File 1040 online Earnings Subject to SE Tax For 2013, the maximum net earnings from self-employment subject to social security (old age, survivors, and disability insurance) tax is $113,700 minus any wages and tips you earned that were subject to social security tax. File 1040 online The tax rate for the social security part is 12. File 1040 online 4%. File 1040 online In addition, all of your net earnings are subject to the Medicare (hospital insurance) part of the SE tax. File 1040 online This tax rate is 2. File 1040 online 9%. File 1040 online The combined self-employment tax rate is 15. File 1040 online 3%. File 1040 online Additional Medicare Tax. File 1040 online   Beginning in 2013, a 0. File 1040 online 9% Additional Medicare Tax applies to Medicare wages, railroad retirement (RRTA) compensation, and self-employment income that are more than: $125,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if married filing jointly, or $200,000 for any other filing status. File 1040 online Medicare wages and self-employment income are combined to determine if income exceeds the threshold. File 1040 online A self-employment loss is not considered for purposes of this tax. File 1040 online RRTA compensation is separately compared to the threshold. File 1040 online For more information, see Form 8959, Additional Medicare Tax, and its separate instructions. File 1040 online Nonfarm Optional Method You may be able to use the nonfarm optional method for figuring your net earnings from self-employment. File 1040 online In general, the nonfarm optional method is intended to permit continued coverage for social security and Medicare purposes when your income for the tax year is low. File 1040 online You may use the nonfarm optional method if you meet all the following tests. File 1040 online You are self-employed on a regular basis. File 1040 online You meet this test if your actual net earnings from self-employment were $400 or more in at least 2 of the 3 tax years before the one for which you use this method. File 1040 online The net earnings can be from either farm or nonfarm earnings or both. File 1040 online You have used this method less than 5 prior years. File 1040 online (There is a 5-year lifetime limit. File 1040 online ) The years do not have to be consecutive. File 1040 online Your net nonfarm profits were: Less than $5,024, and Less than 72. File 1040 online 189% of your gross nonfarm income. File 1040 online If you meet all three tests, use Table 3 to figure your net earnings from self-employment under the nonfarm optional method. File 1040 online Table 3. File 1040 online Figuring Nonfarm Net Earnings IF your gross nonfarm income is . File 1040 online . File 1040 online . File 1040 online THEN your net earnings are equal to . File 1040 online . File 1040 online . File 1040 online $6,960 or less Two-thirds of your gross nonfarm income. File 1040 online More than $6,960 $4,640. File 1040 online Actual net earnings. File 1040 online   Multiply your total earnings subject to SE tax by 92. File 1040 online 35% (. File 1040 online 9235) to get actual net earnings. File 1040 online Actual net earnings are equivalent to net earnings under the “Regular Method. File 1040 online ” More information. File 1040 online   For more information on the nonfarm optional method, see Publication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business, and the Schedule SE (Form 1040) instructions. File 1040 online Income Tax: Income and Expenses Some income and expense items are treated the same for both income tax and SE tax purposes and some are treated differently. File 1040 online Note. File 1040 online For purposes of this section, references to members of the clergy are only to ministers or members of a religious order. File 1040 online Income Items The tax treatment of offerings and fees, outside earnings, rental allowances, rental value of a parsonage, earnings of members of religious orders, and foreign earned income is discussed here. File 1040 online Offerings and Fees If you are a member of the clergy, you must include in your income offerings and fees you receive for marriages, baptisms, funerals, masses, etc. File 1040 online , in addition to your salary. File 1040 online If the offering is made to the religious institution, it is not taxable to you. File 1040 online Outside Earnings If you are a member of a religious organization and you give your outside earnings to the organization, you still must include the earnings in your income. File 1040 online However, you may be entitled to a charitable contribution deduction for the amount paid to the organization. File 1040 online For more information, see Publication 526. File 1040 online Exclusion of Rental Allowance and Fair Rental Value of a Parsonage Ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of the gospel may be able to exclude from income tax the rental allowance or fair rental value of a parsonage that is provided to them as pay for their services. File 1040 online Services include: Ministerial services, discussed earlier, Administrative duties and teaching at theological seminaries, and The ordinary duties of a minister performed as an employee of the United States (other than as a chaplain in the Armed Forces), a state, possession, political subdivision, or the District of Columbia. File 1040 online This exclusion applies only for income tax purposes. File 1040 online It does not apply for SE tax purposes, as discussed earlier under Amounts included in gross income under Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings. File 1040 online Designation requirement. File 1040 online   The church or organization that employs you must officially designate the payment as a housing allowance before it makes the payment. File 1040 online It must designate a definite amount. File 1040 online It cannot determine the amount of the housing allowance at a later date. File 1040 online If the church or organization does not officially designate a definite amount as a housing allowance, you must include your total salary in your income. File 1040 online   If you are employed and paid by a local congregation, a resolution by a national church agency of your denomination does not effectively designate a housing allowance for you. File 1040 online The local congregation must officially designate the part of your salary that is a housing allowance. File 1040 online However, a resolution of a national church agency can designate your housing allowance if you are directly employed by the national agency. File 1040 online Rental allowances. File 1040 online   If you receive in your salary an amount officially designated as a rental allowance (including an amount to pay utility costs), you can exclude the allowance from your gross income if: You use the amount to provide or rent a home, and The amount is not more than reasonable pay for your services. File 1040 online   The amount you exclude cannot be more than the fair rental value of the home, including furnishings, plus the cost of utilities. File 1040 online Fair rental value of parsonage. File 1040 online   You can exclude from gross income the fair rental value of a house or parsonage, including utilities, furnished to you as part of your earnings. File 1040 online However, the exclusion cannot be more than the reasonable pay for your services. File 1040 online If you pay for the utilities, you can exclude any allowance designated for utility costs, up to your actual cost. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Joanna Baker is a full-time minister. File 1040 online The church allows her to use a parsonage that has an annual fair rental value of $24,000. File 1040 online The church pays her an annual salary of $67,000, of which $7,500 is designated for utility costs. File 1040 online Her actual utility costs during the year were $7,000. File 1040 online For income tax purposes, Rev. File 1040 online Baker excludes $31,000 from gross income ($24,000 fair rental value of the parsonage plus $7,000 from the allowance for utility costs). File 1040 online She will report $60,000 ($59,500 salary plus $500 of unused utility allowance). File 1040 online Her income for SE tax purposes, however, is $91,000 ($67,000 salary + $24,000 fair rental value of the parsonage). File 1040 online Home ownership. File 1040 online   If you own your home and you receive as part of your salary a housing or rental allowance, you may exclude from gross income the smallest of: The amount actually used to provide a home, The amount officially designated as a rental allowance, or The fair rental value of the home, including furnishings, utilities, garage, etc. File 1040 online Excess rental allowance. File 1040 online   You must include in gross income the amount of any rental allowance that is more than the smallest of: Your reasonable salary, The fair rental value of the home plus utilities, or The amount actually used to provide a home. File 1040 online   Include in the total on Form 1040, line 7. File 1040 online On the dotted line next to line 7, enter “Excess allowance” and the amount. File 1040 online You may deduct the home mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid on your home even though you pay all or part of those expenses with funds you get through a tax-free rental or parsonage allowance. File 1040 online However, you can only deduct these expenses as itemized deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). File 1040 online Retired ministers. File 1040 online   If you are a retired minister, you can exclude from your gross income the rental value of a home (plus utilities) furnished to you by your church as a part of your pay for past services, or the part of your pension that was designated as a rental allowance. File 1040 online However, a minister's surviving spouse cannot exclude the rental value unless the rental value is for ministerial services he or she performs or performed. File 1040 online Teachers or administrators. File 1040 online   If you are a minister employed as a teacher or administrator by a church school, college, or university, you are performing ministerial services for purposes of the housing exclusion. File 1040 online However, if you perform services as a teacher or administrator on the faculty of a nonchurch college, you cannot exclude from your income a housing allowance or the value of a home that the college provides to you. File 1040 online    If you live in faculty lodging as an employee of an educational institution or academic health center, all or part of the value of that lodging may be nontaxable under a different rule. File 1040 online In Publication 525, see Faculty lodging in the discussion on meals and lodging under Fringe Benefits. File 1040 online   If you serve as a minister of music or minister of education, or serve in an administrative or other function of your religious organization, but are not authorized to perform substantially all of the religious duties of an ordained minister in your church (even if you are commissioned as a minister of the gospel), the housing exclusion does not apply to you. File 1040 online Theological students. File 1040 online   If you are a theological student serving a required internship as a part-time or assistant pastor, you cannot exclude a parsonage or rental allowance from your income unless you are ordained, commissioned, or licensed as a minister. File 1040 online Traveling evangelists. File 1040 online   You can exclude a designated rental allowance from out-of-town churches if you meet all of the following requirements. File 1040 online You are an ordained minister. File 1040 online You perform ministerial services at churches located away from your community. File 1040 online You actually use the rental allowance to maintain your permanent home. File 1040 online Cantors. File 1040 online   If you have a bona fide commission and your congregation employs you on a full-time basis to perform substantially all the religious functions of the Jewish faith, you can exclude a rental allowance from your gross income. File 1040 online Earnings—Members of Religious Orders Your earnings may be exempt from both income tax and SE tax if you are a member of a religious order who: Has taken a vow of poverty, Receives earnings for services performed as an agent of the order and in the exercise of duties required by the order, and Renounces the earnings and gives them to the order. File 1040 online See Members of Religious Orders , earlier, under Social Security Coverage. File 1040 online Foreign Earned Income Certain income may be exempt from income tax if you work in a foreign country or in a specified U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online possession. File 1040 online Publication 54 discusses the foreign earned income exclusion. File 1040 online Publication 570, Tax Guide for Individuals With Income From U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Possessions, covers the rules for taxpayers with income from U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online possessions. File 1040 online You can get these free publications from the Internal Revenue Service at IRS. File 1040 online gov or from most U. File 1040 online S. File 1040 online Embassies or consulates. File 1040 online Expense Items The tax treatment of ministerial trade or business expenses, expenses allocable to tax-free income, and health insurance costs is discussed here. File 1040 online Ministerial Trade or Business Expenses as an Employee When you figure your income tax, you must itemize your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) to claim allowable deductions for ministerial trade or business expenses incurred while working as an employee. File 1040 online You also may have to file Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses (or Form 2106-EZ, Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses). File 1040 online You claim these expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions that are subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income (AGI) limit. File 1040 online See Publication 529 for more information on this limit. File 1040 online However, you cannot deduct any of your employee business expenses that are allocable to tax-free income (discussed next). File 1040 online Expenses Allocable to Tax-Free Income If you receive a rental or parsonage allowance that is exempt from income tax (tax free), you must allocate a portion of the expenses of operating your ministry to that tax-free income. File 1040 online You cannot deduct the portion of your expenses that you allocate to your tax-free rental or parsonage allowance. File 1040 online Exception. File 1040 online   This rule does not apply to your deductions for home mortgage interest or real estate taxes on your home. File 1040 online Figuring the allocation. File 1040 online   Figure the portion of your otherwise deductible expenses that you cannot deduct (because you must allocate that portion to tax-free income) by multiplying the expenses by the following fraction:      Tax-free rental or parsonage allowance     All income (taxable and tax free) earned from your ministry           When figuring the allocation, include the income and expenses related to the ministerial duties you perform both as an employee and as a self-employed person. File 1040 online    Reduce your otherwise deductible expenses only in figuring your income tax, not your SE tax. File 1040 online Example. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Charles Ashford received $40,000 in earnings for ministerial services consisting of a $28,000 salary for ministerial services performed as an employee, $2,000 for weddings and baptisms performed as a self-employed person, and a $10,000 tax-free parsonage allowance. File 1040 online He incurred $4,000 of unreimbursed expenses connected with his earnings for ministerial services. File 1040 online $3,500 of the $4,000 is for employee expenses related to his ministerial salary, and $500 is related to the weddings and baptisms he performed as a self-employed person. File 1040 online Rev. File 1040 online Ashford figures the nondeductible (tax-free) portion of expenses related to his ministerial salary as follows: ($10,000 ÷ $40,000) x $3,500 = $875   Rev. File 1040 online Ashford figures the nondeductible (tax-free) portion of expenses related to his wedding and baptism income as follows: ($10,000 ÷ $40,000) x $500 = $125 Required statement. File 1040 online   If you receive a tax-free rental or parsonage allowance and have ministerial expenses, attach a statement to your tax return. File 1040 online The statement must contain all of the following information. File 1040 online A list of each item of taxable ministerial income by source (such as wages, salary, weddings, baptisms, etc. File 1040 online ) plus the amount. File 1040 online A list of each item of tax-free ministerial income by source (parsonage allowance) plus the amount. File 1040 online A list of each item of otherwise deductible ministerial expenses plus the amount. File 1040 online How you figured the nondeductible part of your otherwise deductible expenses. File 1040 online A statement that the other deductions claimed on your tax return are not allocable to your tax-free income. File 1040 online   See the attachments prepared for the Comprehensive Example , later. File 1040 online Following the example, you will find blank worksheets for your own use. File 1040 online Health Insurance Costs of Self-Employed Ministers If you are self-employed, you may be able to deduct the amount you paid in 2013 for medical and dental insurance and qualified long-term care insurance for you, your spouse, and your dependents. File 1040 online If you qualify, you can take this deduction as an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 29. File 1040 online See the Instructions for Form 1040 to figure your deduction. File 1040 online The following special rules apply to the self-employed health insurance deduction. File 1040 online You cannot take a medical expense deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) for any expenses you claim for purposes of the self-employed health insurance deduction. File 1040 online You cannot take the deduction for any month you are eligible to participate in a subsidized plan of your (or your spouse's) employer. File 1040 online The deduction cannot exceed your net earnings from the business under which the insurance plan is established. File 1040 online Your net earnings under this rule do not include the income you earned as a common-law employee (discussed earlier) of a church. File 1040 online More information. File 1040 online   For more information about the self-employed health insurance deduction, see chapter 6 in Publication 535. File 1040 online Deduction for SE Tax You can deduct one-half of your SE tax in figuring adjusted gross income. File 1040 online This is an income tax deduction only, on Form 1040, line 27. File 1040 online Do not claim this deduction in figuring net earnings from self-employment subject to SE tax. File 1040 online Income Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax The federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax. File 1040 online You must pay the tax as you earn or receive income during the year. File 1040 online An employee usually has income tax withheld from his or her wages or salary. File 1040 online However, your salary is not subject to federal income tax withholding if both of the following conditions apply. File 1040 online You are a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister, a member of a religious order (who has not taken a vow of poverty), or a Christian Science practitioner or reader. File 1040 online Your salary is for ministerial services (see Ministerial Services , earlier). File 1040 online If your salary is not subject to withholding, or if you do not pay enough tax through withholding, you may need to make estimated tax payments to avoid penalties for not paying enough tax as you earn your income. File 1040 online You generally must make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe taxes, including SE tax, of $1,000 or more, when you file your return. File 1040 online Determine your estimated tax by using the worksheets in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. File 1040 online Pay the entire estimated tax for 2014 or the first installment by April 15, 2014. File 1040 online See Form 1040-ES for the different payment methods. File 1040 online The April 15 date applies whether or not your tax home and your abode are outside the United States and Puerto Rico. File 1040 online For more information, see chapter 2 of Publication 505. File 1040 online If you perform your services as a common-law employee of the church and your salary is not subject to income tax withholding, you can enter into a voluntary withholding agreement with the church to cover any income and SE tax that may be due. File 1040 online Filing Your Return You must file an income tax return for 2013 if your gross income was at least the amount shown in the third column of Table 4 above. File 1040 online Table 4. File 1040 online 2013 Filing Requirements for Most Taxpayers IF your filing status is . File 1040 online . File 1040 online . File 1040 online AND at the end of 2013 you were* . File 1040 online . File 1040 online . File 1040 online THEN file a return if your gross income** was at least . File 1040 online . File 1040 online . File 1040 online single under age 65 65 or older   $10,000 $11,500   married filing jointly*** under 65 (both spouses) 65 or older (one spouse) 65 or older (both spouses)   $20,000  $21,200  $22,400   married filing separately any age   $3,900   head of household under 65 65 or older   $12,850 $14,350   qualifying widow(er) with dependent child under 65 65 or older   $16,100  $17,300   * If you were born on January 1, 1949, you are considered to be age 65 at the end of 2013. File 1040 online ** Gross income means all income you received in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax, including any income from sources outside the United States or from the sale of your main home (even if you can exclude part or all of it). File 1040 online Do not include any social security benefits unless (a) you are married filing a separate return and you lived with your spouse at any time in 2013, or (b) one-half of your social security benefits plus your other gross income and any tax-exempt interest is more than $25,000 ($32,000 if married filing jointly). File 1040 online If (a) or (b) applies, see the instructions for Form 1040, lines 20a and 20b, to figure the taxable part of social security benefits you must include in gross income. File 1040 online Gross income includes gains, but not losses, reported on Form 8949 or Schedule D (Form 1040). File 1040 online Gross income from a business means, for example, the amount on Schedule C (Form 1040), line 7, or Schedule F (Form 1040), line 9. File 1040 online But, in figuring gross income, do not reduce your income by any losses, including any loss on Schedule C (Form 1040), line 7, or Schedule F (Form 1040), line 9. File 1040 online *** If you did not live with your spouse at the end of 2013 (or on the date your spouse died) and your gross income was at least $3,900, you must file a return regardless of your age. File 1040 online Additional requirements. File 1040 online   Even if your income was less than the amount shown in Table 4, you must file an income tax return on Form 1040, and attach a completed Schedule SE (Form 1040), if:    You are not exempt from SE tax, and you have net earnings from self-employment (discussed earlier under Self-Employment Tax: Figuring Net Earnings ) of $400 or more in the tax year, You are exempt from SE tax on earnings from ministerial services and you have $400 or more of other net earnings subject to SE tax, or You had wages of $108. File 1040 online 28 or more from an electing church or church-controlled organization (see Coverage of Religious Workers (Church Employees) , earlier, under Social Security Coverage). File 1040 online Self-employment tax. File 1040 online   If you are liable for SE tax, you must file Schedule SE (Form 1040) with your return. File 1040 online   If you filed Form 4361 and did not receive approval from the IRS, you must pay SE tax on your ministerial earnings, as explained earlier. File 1040 online You should report ministerial earnings and expenses from nonemployee ministerial services on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040). File 1040 online You should then carry the net amount over to line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B. File 1040 online However, if you were a duly ordained minister who was an employee of a church and you must pay SE tax on the wages you earned for those services, do not report those wages on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040). File 1040 online Instead, report those wages less any allowable expenses (including any unreimbursed employee business expenses), on line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section A or B, and attach an explanation. File 1040 online Note. File 1040 online For income tax purposes, the unreimbursed employee business expenses that you incurred as an employee of the church and subtracted from your wages on line 2 of Schedule SE (Form 1040) are allowed only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) if they exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income. File 1040 online You cannot deduct these expenses on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040) as a trade or business expense. File 1040 online Exemption from SE tax. File 1040 online   If you filed Form 4361 and received IRS approval not to be taxed on your ministerial earnings, and you do not have any other income subject to SE tax, do not file Schedule SE (Form 1040). File 1040 online Instead, enter “Exempt—Form 4361” on the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 56. File 1040 online However, if you had net earnings from another trade or business of $400 or more subject to SE tax, see line A at the top of Schedule SE (Form 1040), Section B. File 1040 online    If you filed Form 4029 and received IRS approval not to be taxed on those earnings, and you do not have any other income subject to SE tax, do not file Schedule SE (Form 1040). File 1040 online Instead, enter “Exempt—Form 4029” on the dotted line next to Form 1040, line 56. File 1040 online More information. File 1040 online   For more information on filing your return, including when and where to file it, see the Instructions for Form 1040. File 1040 online Retirement Savings Arrangements Retirement savings arrangements are plans that offer you a tax-favored way to save for your retirement. File 1040 online You generally can deduct your contributions to the plan. File 1040 online Your contributions and the earnings on them are not taxed until they are distributed. File 1040 online Retirement plans for the self-employed. File 1040 online   To set up one of the following plans you must be self-employed. File 1040 online SEP (simplified employee pension) plan. File 1040 online SIMPLE (savings incentive match plan for employees) plan. File 1040 online Qualified retirement plan (also called a Keogh or H. File 1040 online R. File 1040 online 10 plan). File 1040 online   The common-law rules determine whether you are an employee or a self-employed person for purposes of setting up a retirement plan. File 1040 online See Employment status for other tax purposes under Coverage of Members of the Clergy, earlier. File 1040 online This result is true even if your compensation for ministerial services (defined earlier) is subject to SE tax. File 1040 online   For example, if a congregation pays you a salary for performing ministerial services and you are subject to the congregation's control, you generally are a common-law employee. File 1040 online You are not a self-employed person for purposes of setting up a retirement plan. File 1040 online This result is true even if your salary is subject to SE tax. File 1040 online   On the other hand, amounts received directly from members of the congregation, such as fees for performing marriages, baptisms, or other personal services that you report on Schedule C or C-EZ (Form 1040), are earnings from self-employment for all tax purposes. File 1040 online   For more information on establishing a SEP, SIMPLE, or qualified retirement plan, see Publication 560, Retirement Plans for Small Business (SEP, SIMPLE, and Qualified Plans). File 1040 online Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs). File 1040 online   The traditional IRA and the Roth IRA are two individual retirement arrangements you can use to save money for your retirement. File 1040 online Generally, your maximum contribution for 2013 to either of these plans (or to a combination of the two) is the smaller of your taxable compensation or $5,500 ($6,500 if you are age 50 or older). File 1040 online   However, your maximum contribution to a Roth IRA will be further reduced or eliminated if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount. File 1040 online You cannot deduct Roth IRA contributions, but if you satisfy certain requirements, all earnings in the Roth IRA are tax free and neither your nondeductible contributions nor any earnings on them are taxable when distributed. File 1040 online   If you contribute to a traditional IRA, your contribution may be deductible. File 1040 online However, your deduction may be reduced or eliminated if you or your spouse is covered by an employer retirement plan (including, but not limited to, a SEP, SIMPLE, or qualified retirement plan). File 1040 online   For more information on IRAs, see Publication 590. File 1040 online Tax-sheltered annuity plans. File 1040 online   Church employees, members of religious orders, and duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers working as ministers or chaplains can participate in tax-sheltered annuity (403(b)) plans. File 1040 online For more
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File 1040 online Index A Abandonment of home, Abandonment. File 1040 online Absence, temporary, Temporary absence. File 1040 online Abstract fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Address, change of, Reminders Adjusted basis, Adjusted Basis, Adjusted Basis Definition of, Determining Basis Worksheet 1 to figure, Determining Basis, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 1 Instructions. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold Adoption Adjusted basis of home for credit claimed, Decreases to Basis Advertising fees, Selling expenses. File 1040 online Amount realized, Amount Realized Appraisal fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Architect's fees, Construction. File 1040 online Armed forces Ownership and use tests, Members of the uniformed services or Foreign Service, employees of the intelligence community, or employees or volunteers of the Peace Corps. File 1040 online Assistance (see Tax help) B Back interest, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Basis Adjusted basis (see Adjusted basis) Determination of, Determining Basis, Adjusted Basis Other than cost, Basis Other Than Cost Building permit fees, Construction. File 1040 online Business use of home, Business Use or Rental of Home, Use test met for business part (with no business use in year of sale). File 1040 online C Casualties Amounts spent after to restore damaged property, Increases to Basis Deductible casualty losses, Decreases to Basis Disaster as cause of, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Insurance payments for casualty losses, Decreases to Basis Change of address, Reminders Closing costs, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Commissions, Selling expenses. File 1040 online , Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Community property Basis determination, Community property. File 1040 online Condemnation Gain exclusion, Home destroyed or condemned. File 1040 online Ownership and use test when previous home condemned, Previous home destroyed or condemned. File 1040 online Condominiums As main home, Main Home Basis determination, Condominium. File 1040 online Construction costs, Construction. File 1040 online Built by you, Built by you. File 1040 online Cooperative apartments As main home, Main Home Basis determination, Cooperative apartment. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Cooperative apartment. File 1040 online Cost as basis, Cost As Basis Credit reports Cost of obtaining, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online D Date of sale, Date of sale. File 1040 online Death Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Spouse's death before sale, ownership and use tests, Sale of main home by surviving spouse. File 1040 online Decreases to basis, Decreases to Basis Depreciation After May 6, 1997, Depreciation after May 6, 1997. File 1040 online Home used for business or rental purposes, Decreases to Basis Destroyed homes Gain exclusion, Home destroyed or condemned. File 1040 online Ownership and use test when previous home destroyed, Previous home destroyed or condemned. File 1040 online Disabilities, individuals with Ownership and use test, Exception for individuals with a disability. File 1040 online Disasters, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness, Adjusted Basis Divorce Home received from spouse, Home received from spouse. File 1040 online Home transferred to spouse, Transfer to spouse. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Home transferred from spouse. File 1040 online Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Transfers after July 18, 1984, Transfers after July 18, 1984. File 1040 online Transfers before July 19, 1984, Transfers before July 19, 1984. File 1040 online Use of home after divorce, Use of home after divorce. File 1040 online Doctor's recommendation for sale, Doctor's recommendation safe harbor. File 1040 online E Easements, Decreases to Basis Employee of the intelligence community, Employee of the intelligence community. File 1040 online Employment Change in place of employment, Change in Place of Employment Payment by employer, when job transfer involved, Payment by employer. File 1040 online Energy Conservation subsidies, Decreases to Basis Credit, Decreases to Basis Exclusion of gain, Excluding the Gain, Nonqualified Use Reduced maximum exclusion, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Expatriates, Expatriates. File 1040 online F Federal mortgage subsidies Recapture of, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Figuring gain or loss, Figuring Gain or Loss, More information. File 1040 online Fire insurance premiums, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Foreclosure, Foreclosure or repossession. File 1040 online Foreign Service, Foreign Service member. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Members of the uniformed services or Foreign Service, employees of the intelligence community, or employees or volunteers of the Peace Corps. File 1040 online Form 1040 Reporting sale of home, Reporting the Sale Seller-financed mortgages, Seller-financed mortgage. File 1040 online Form 1040, Schedule A Real estate taxes, Real estate taxes. File 1040 online Form 1040, Schedule D Reporting sale of home, Reporting the Sale Form 1099-S Proceeds from real estate transactions, Date of sale. File 1040 online , Form 1099-S. File 1040 online , Form 1099-S. File 1040 online Form 2119 Sale of home, Adjusted Basis Form 6252 Installment sale income, Installment sale. File 1040 online Form 8828 Recapture tax, How to figure and report the recapture. File 1040 online Form 8960 Net Investment Income Tax, Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). File 1040 online NIIT, Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). File 1040 online Form 982 Discharge of indebtedness, Adjusted Basis Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. File 1040 online Future developments, Future Developments G Gain or loss Basis determination, Determining Basis, Adjusted Basis Exclusion of gain, Excluding the Gain Exclusion of gain, nonqualified use, Nonqualified Use Gain on sale, Gain on sale. File 1040 online Loss on sale, Loss on sale. File 1040 online Postponed from sale of previous home before May 7, 1997, Decreases to Basis Worksheet 2 to figure, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Completed Example 1 for Amy, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 2 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home Gifts Home received as, Home received as gift. File 1040 online H Health Sale of home due to, Health Help (see Tax help) Homebuyer credit Recapture, Recapture of the post-2008 first-time homebuyer credit. File 1040 online Houseboats As main home, Main Home I Important reminders Change of address, Reminders Home sold with undeducted points, Reminders Improvements Adjusted basis determination, Improvements. File 1040 online Charges for, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Receipts and other records, Adjusted Basis Useful life of more than 1 year, Increases to Basis Increases to basis, Increases to Basis Individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs), Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). File 1040 online Inheritance Home received as, Home acquired from a decedent who died before or after 2010. File 1040 online Installment sales, Installment sale. File 1040 online Involuntary conversion, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online ITINs (Individual taxpayer identification numbers), Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). File 1040 online J Joint owners not married, Joint owners not married. File 1040 online Joint returns, Jointly owned home. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Married Persons L Land Sale of land on which home located, Land. File 1040 online Sale of vacant land, Vacant land. File 1040 online Legal fees, Selling expenses. File 1040 online , Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online , Construction. File 1040 online Legal separation Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Like-kind exchange, Sale of home acquired in a like-kind exchange. File 1040 online Living expenses, Reasonable basic living expenses. File 1040 online Loan assumption fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Loan placement fees, Selling expenses. File 1040 online Loss (see Gain or loss) M Main home Defined, Main Home Factors used to determine, Factors used to determine main home. File 1040 online Property used partly as, Property used partly as your main home. File 1040 online , Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Married taxpayers (see Joint returns) Maximum exclusion, Maximum Exclusion Reduced, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Military (see Armed forces) Missing children, photographs of, Reminders Mobile homes As main home, Main Home More than one home, More than one home. File 1040 online Mortgage fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Mortgage insurance premiums, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Mortgage subsidies Recapturing (paying back) federal mortgage subsidy, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Mortgages, seller-financed, Seller-financed mortgage. File 1040 online Moving expense, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Multiple births Sale due to, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online N Nonqualified use, Nonqualified Use Nonresident aliens Spouse as, transfer of home to, Exception. File 1040 online O Option to buy home, Option to buy. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Ownership and Use Tests, Ownership and use tests met at different times. File 1040 online P Partly used for business, Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Personal property Selling price of home not to include, Personal property. File 1040 online Points, Selling expenses. File 1040 online Home sold with undeducted points, Reminders Seller-paid, Seller-paid points. File 1040 online Publications (see Tax help) R Real estate taxes, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online , Real estate taxes. File 1040 online Deducting in year of sale, Deducting Taxes in the Year of Sale Recapture of federal mortgage subsidy, Recapturing (Paying Back) a Federal Mortgage Subsidy Recapture of first-time homebuyer credit, Recapture of First-Time Homebuyer Credit Recording fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Recordkeeping, Adjusted Basis Reduced maximum exclusion, Reduced Maximum Exclusion Worksheet 3, Worksheet 3. File 1040 online Reduced Maximum Exclusion Refinancing, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Relatives Sale of home to, Exception for sales to related persons. File 1040 online Remainder interest Sale of, Sale of remainder interest. File 1040 online Remodeling, Improvements. File 1040 online , Exception. File 1040 online (see also Improvements) Rental of home, Business Use or Rental of Home, Use test met for business part (with no business use in year of sale). File 1040 online Before closing, by buyer, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Partial use, Property Used Partly for Business or Rental Repairs, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online , Improvements. File 1040 online , Repairs. File 1040 online (see also Improvements) Reporting the sale, Reporting the Sale, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White Repossession, Foreclosure or repossession. File 1040 online Right-of-ways, Decreases to Basis S Safe harbors Distance safe harbor, Distance safe harbor. File 1040 online Doctor's recommendation for sale, Doctor's recommendation safe harbor. File 1040 online Unforeseeable events, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Sales commissions, Selling expenses. File 1040 online , Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Sales to related persons, Exception for sales to related persons. File 1040 online Self-employed persons Change in status causing inability to pay basic expenses, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Seller-financed mortgages, Seller-financed mortgage. File 1040 online Seller-paid points, Seller-paid points. File 1040 online Selling expenses, Selling expenses. File 1040 online Selling price, Selling Price Separate returns, Separate returns. File 1040 online Settlement fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Spouse Death of (see Surviving spouse) Divorce, transfers subsequent to (see Divorce) Survey fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Surviving spouse Basis determination, Surviving spouse. File 1040 online Ownership and use tests, Sale of main home by surviving spouse. File 1040 online T Tax help, How To Get Tax Help Temporary absence, Temporary absence. File 1040 online Temporary housing, Temporary housing. File 1040 online Title insurance, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Title search fees, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Trading homes, Trading (exchanging) homes. File 1040 online , Home received as trade. File 1040 online Transfer taxes, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online , Transfer taxes. File 1040 online Transfer to spouse, Transfer to spouse. File 1040 online After July 18, 1984, Transfers after July 18, 1984. File 1040 online Before July 19, 1984, Transfers before July 19, 1984. File 1040 online TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unemployment, Specific event safe harbors. File 1040 online Unforeseen circumstances, Unforeseen Circumstances Uniformed services (see Armed forces) Use tests, Ownership and Use Tests, Ownership and use tests met at different times. File 1040 online Utilities Charges for installing, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Charges related to occupancy of house before closing, Settlement fees or closing costs. File 1040 online Energy conservation subsidy, Decreases to Basis Meter and connection charges for construction, Construction. File 1040 online V Vacant land Sale of, Vacant land. File 1040 online W Worksheets, Worksheets. File 1040 online Adjusted basis (Worksheet 1), Determining Basis, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 1 Instructions. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold Gain (or loss), exclusion, and taxable gain (Worksheet 2), Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Completed Example 1 for Amy, Worksheet 1. File 1040 online Adjusted Basis of Home Sold—Illustrated Example 1 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 2 for Peter and Betty Clark, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home—Illustrated Example 3 for Emily White, Worksheet 2. File 1040 online Taxable Gain on Sale of Home Recordkeeping and, Adjusted Basis Reduced maximum exclusion (Worksheet 3), Worksheet 3. File 1040 online Reduced Maximum Exclusion Prev  Up     Home   More Online Publications