Appeals court saves clergy tax-free housing allowance
By The Christian Post
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday that a law giving clergy an exemption from paying income taxes on their housing allowance is constitutional. The ruling protects religious leaders nationwide from having to pay nearly $1 billion more each year in taxes.
The court’s unanimous decision in the case Gaylor v. Mnuchin reversed a district court’s ruling in 2017 in favor of the atheist legal group Freedom From Religion Foundation, which argued that excluding pastors’ housing allowance from their taxable income was unconstitutional.
A group of clergy who rely on the housing allowance appealed that decision to the Seventh Circuit and were represented by the law firm Becket.
Source:The Christian Post