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Hello I do not know which option to choose for clergy self-employment tax.

My company pays for my housing and in my w2 they put  but I pay utilities. In the COE they put an estimated housing cost and on w2 they put a number in box 14. On my W2 I have federal income tax withheld. Would I have to pay SE tax on wages and housing or only on one and not the other?
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DDollar
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Hello I do not know which option to choose for clergy self-employment tax.

Your housing allowance is excludable from gross income for income tax purposes but not for self-employment tax purposes.

This is how you should enter this information in TurboTax.

In TurboTax, after entering your form W-2, continue the questionnaire and indicate that your income is clergy income.

When you arrive at the page Tell us about your clergy housing enter your housing allowance of $12,000. In the Qualifying expenses box, enter the lower of 1) your qualified housing expenses, 2) the fair rental value of your housing expenses plus utilities and 3) your housing allowance.

Then on the Clergy self-employment Tax page indicate that you Pay self-employment tax on wages and housing allowance, unless you have filed for exemption using form 4361.

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DDollar
Expert Alumni

Hello I do not know which option to choose for clergy self-employment tax.

Your housing allowance is excludable from gross income for income tax purposes but not for self-employment tax purposes.

This is how you should enter this information in TurboTax.

In TurboTax, after entering your form W-2, continue the questionnaire and indicate that your income is clergy income.

When you arrive at the page Tell us about your clergy housing enter your housing allowance of $12,000. In the Qualifying expenses box, enter the lower of 1) your qualified housing expenses, 2) the fair rental value of your housing expenses plus utilities and 3) your housing allowance.

Then on the Clergy self-employment Tax page indicate that you Pay self-employment tax on wages and housing allowance, unless you have filed for exemption using form 4361.
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