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How do I enter a parsonage or housing allowance reported on a W-2?

SOLVEDby TurboTax335Updated January 12, 2022

If you're not already on the W-2 entry screen, open your return. (To do this, sign in to TurboTax and open or continue your return) Then search for W-2 and select the Jump to link in the search results. Follow the instructions to import or manually enter your W-2.

  1. When you get to Box 14, enter Clergy Housing in the Description box, followed by the amount. (The amount might be reported to you in a letter from the church or in your employment contract if not on your W-2.) If the allowance isn't automatically classified as Other (not classified), select this option from the dropdown menu. Select Continue.
  2. If you get additional screens, answer those questions.
  3. When you reach the Let's check for uncommon situations screen, check the box for Religious employment, then select Continue.
  4. On the following screen, choose Clergy and select Continue.
  5. Enter your allowance on the Okay, Tell Us About your Clergy Housing screen. For Qualifying Expenses, enter the lesser of:
    • Your qualified housing expenses
    • The fair rental value of your housing expenses
    • Your housing or parsonage allowance
  6. Select Continue, and on the Clergy Self-Employment Tax screen, choose the appropriate option and Continue again.

When you see the Your W-2 info so far screen, select Edit to view your W-2 information. If the Box 1 amount hasn't been adjusted for your housing allowance, enter a Line 21 adjustment to income. Here's how:

  1. Search for other reportable income and select the Jump to link in the search results.
  2. Answer No to Did you receive any other wages? and Continue.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Miscellaneous Income screen and choose Start next to Other reportable income.
  4. Answer Yes, and on the Other Taxable Income screen, type Clergy Housing Allowance in the description and enter it as a negative number (precede it with a minus sign, for example -10,000).

If you're not already on the W-2 entry screen, open your return. (To do this, sign in to TurboTax and open or continue your return.) Then search for W-2 and select the Jump to link in the search results. Follow the instructions to import or manually enter your W-2.

  1. When you get to Box 14, enter Clergy Housing in the Description box, followed by the amount. (The amount might be reported to you in a letter from the church or in your employment contract if not on your W-2.) If the allowance isn't automatically classified as Other (not classified), select this option from the dropdown menu. Select Continue.
  2. If you get additional screens, answer those questions.
  3. When you reach the Let's check for uncommon situations screen, check the box for Religious employment, then select Continue.
  4. On the following screen, choose Clergy and select Continue.
  5. Enter your allowance on the Tell Us About your Clergy Housing screen. For Qualifying Expenses, enter the lesser of:
    • Your qualified housing expenses
    • The fair rental value of your housing expenses
    • Your housing or parsonage allowance
  6. Select Continue, and on the Clergy Self-Employment Tax screen, choose the appropriate option and Continue again.

When you see the Here's your W-2 info screen, select Edit to view your W-2 information. If the Box 1 amount hasn't been adjusted for your housing allowance, enter a Line 21 adjustment to income. Here's how:

  1. Search for other reportable income and select the Jump to link in the search results.
  2. Answer No to Did you receive any other wages? and Continue.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Let's Work on Any Miscellaneous Income screen and select Start next to Other reportable income.
  4. Answer Yes, and on the Any Other Taxable Income screen, type Clergy Housing Allowance in the description and enter it as a negative number (precede it with a minus sign, for example -10,000).

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