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A ruling from the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN on Friday November 22, 2013 could have far-reaching financial impact on clergy, including those credentialed by The United Methodist Church.

If upheld on appeal the November 22 decision from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb will affect pastors who currently can use untaxed housing allowances to pay rental housing costs or the costs of home ownership, including mortgage payments and property taxes.

Though not reported in some news items, it is most important to note that the judge postponed her ruling until appeals are exhausted. Until completion of the appeals process, the ruling will not discontinue the current tax exemption of housing allowances up to the maximum allowed. Clergy have been able to claim as housing allowance the lesser of 1) the amount designated, or 2) the amount spent on allowable housing expenses, or 3) the fair rental value of their home, furnished, in their housing market. Note that the ruling does not address the part of the tax code which allows tax-free parsonages.

Read statements from the General Council on Finance and Administration and from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

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Wisconsin Participant Changes for 2014 Clergy Day 2013 Presentation Pages 6 and 7 of the linked Support Worksheet form have the formulas for calculating the pension support amounts for 2014. The flow chart indicates which form is applicable, depending on the appointment circumstances of the pastor.