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How do I record a minister's housing allowance and unreimbursed business expenses when a Form 4361 exclusion is in effect?


    Try this link, for a start.

    • I followed those instructions with no success.  They seem ideal.  I have a minister's W-2 with a housing allowance reported in Box 14.  I've got Schedule C income and expenses along with 2106 expenses.  The taxpayer is exempt from SE tax due to filing 4361. Again, everything those instruction point to my exact situation.  What is showing up is a miscalculation of the Scedule C and 2106 expenses allocable to the tax-free housing allowance.  I can get Lacerte to allocate correctly by selecting the box under Other Information in the Wage section: Minister Wages subject to SE Tax.  Unfortunately, then I get Schedule SE showing up when it shouldn't.  Anyone know where I'm erring on this one?    

    You must go to Taxes(tab above contents or input): 45. Other Taxes: Self-Employment Tax.  You will see Sch C, and Minister's Parsonage Allowance and also a Form 2106, and even home office reference.  You can print out Publication 517 at to help you with minister tax returns and other information for members of the clergy and religious workers.

    You can use the box to the left of Ask Lacerte to search for minister housing allowance.  It came up with all of the input places in Lacerte software and everyone's previous questions.

    Good Luck

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