Clergy Taxation Self-Study


The tax code has unique provisions related to clergy and how they report income, expenses and credits. This course covers the basics of properly preparing clergy and minister returns. You’ll also learn about compensation, fringe benefits, accountable plans and payroll taxes from the perspective of the clergyperson or church as an employer.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify who qualifies for special tax treatment as clergy
  • Apply the dual employment status nature of clergy
  • Identify clergy compensation, including fringe benefits and love gifts
  • Recognize valid expenses for clergy
  • Compute the nondeductible portion of business expenses based on tax-free income
  • List the requirements for the clergy housing allowance exclusion
  • Distinguish the unique treatment of employment taxes by churches
  • Identify what income is subject to self-employment tax
  • Differentiate between the use of Form 4361, Application for Exemption From Self-Employment Tax for Use By Ministers, Members of Religious Orders and Christian Science Practitioners, and Form 4029, Application for Exemption From Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Waiver of Benefits
  • Identify earned income for the purposes of the earned income tax credit and the refundable additional child tax credit

Course Details

This course includes an e-book and exam questions to help you earn CPE. CPE is issued after the exam is successfully completed.


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How to Earn CPE

To receive credit for this self-study course, you must successfully pass the course exam with a score of 70% or better.

Self-study courses and exams generally expire one year from the date of purchase. The AFTR course expires on December 31 of each year as required by the IRS.

Cancellation Policy

​Because this is an online education offering, it is nonrefundable.

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