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Pastor_Erik
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Bi-vocational pastor with housing allowance only can't eFile in New York (where it is required)

I am a bi-vocational pastor living in NYC with two W2's.   New York requires eFiling if one uses tax preparation software.  However, TurboTax is not allowing me to eFile because my church only pays my housing allowance, not a salary, and my W2 reflects this.

 

Thus, the W2  from my secular employment has all the regular boxes filled out, with proper withholding and so forth.

 

My church W2 has box 14 only with my housing allowance (which is actually paid directly to my landlord).  All other boxes are zero or blank.

 

As noted, NY requires eFiling if tax preparation software is used.  But TurboTax is not allowing me to eFile.

 

Any help on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated!

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DianeW777
Employee Tax Expert

Bi-vocational pastor with housing allowance only can't eFile in New York (where it is required)

This is a common scenario within the clergy or pastor occupation. A W-2 with zero wages cannot be e-filed which is causing the issue. By entering $1 in the wage box for both federal and NY you may be able to pass the e-file check. When tested TurboTax moves forward with the tax return.

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DianeW777
Employee Tax Expert

Bi-vocational pastor with housing allowance only can't eFile in New York (where it is required)

This is a common scenario within the clergy or pastor occupation. A W-2 with zero wages cannot be e-filed which is causing the issue. By entering $1 in the wage box for both federal and NY you may be able to pass the e-file check. When tested TurboTax moves forward with the tax return.

Pastor_Erik
Returning Member

Bi-vocational pastor with housing allowance only can't eFile in New York (where it is required)

Thank you much!

 

I tried that, and it did not work.

 

Putting any higher value in would also cause issues for the church, as there was no withholding, etc, and so it would cause other reporting issues.

 

Note also that box 12 does not have a code - should it?

 

Too, there is no code, only a description for box 14.  Is that correct, do you think?


Thanks again!

Pastor_Erik
Returning Member

Bi-vocational pastor with housing allowance only can't eFile in New York (where it is required)

Oddly enough, on the second attempt with this solution, it DID work.

 

Thank you much!

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