clergy housing expenses

I'm stuck on qualifying expenses


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When I was receiving a housing allowance, the SE tax was calculated on the amount of my package that was designated housing allowance - regardless of the amount of the qualifying expenses.  IOW, regardless of whether  the expenses were more or less than the allowance, SE tax was still 15.6% of Housing Allowance.  If expenses < housing allowance, then the difference ("excess" housing allowance would appear in Line 7 for Fed Tax calculation.
If, by being "stuck" on qualified housing expenses, you mean you don't know what to include, it could include either rent or the mortgage payment, repairs, renovations, furnishings, utilities, property taxes, ins, etc. The IRS uses a term "appurtenances" for other expenses related to owning a home.  We have taken that to include a microwave, computer, mixer, Berkey water filter, etc.
It does not include groceries, clothing, pets, cleaning
Hope this helps.
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