Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Small Rectories Imperiled

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald
December 10, 2012

Small congregations and their clergy would be hit hardest if high courts affirm a landmark November ruling that deemed clergy housing allowances and their unique tax benefits unconstitutional.

That's according to Thomas Moore III, executive director of the Society for the Increase of the Ministry, a Hartford-based organization that raises money for Episcopal seminarian scholarships.

"The fact that that [a housing] allowance has favorable tax treatment for a profession that pays modestly is a huge benefit" that most clergy utilize, Moore said. If that benefit goes away, he added, "it will definitely have an effect."

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