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  •  I'll bet that's related to the ability of (0+ / 0-)

    ministers to opt out of social security, which they can if they have ethical objections (why would they? no idea).  that way they can opt out of both the employer and the employee part.

    •  With a bona fide ethical objection (0+ / 0-)

      you can get out of many things. Vaccinations. Military service.

      But you have to prove it, not just claim it.

      And the suggestion makes no sense. If a minister were to opt out, then the paperwork would be no more complex and onerous for the minister and church not to pay FICA in that case than for it to just be the minister. The idea that all ministers should be double taxed there so that a few can choose an opt out with less paperwork? That's really absurd.

      "Be just and good." John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

      by ogre on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:05:18 AM PST

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