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  •  well, it will impoverish us (0+ / 0-)

    i already have a hard enough time saving up enough to pay my income taxes (nothing is withheld from my pay) and both halves of the FICA tax.

    In the old days when free housing was provided because the church owned a parsonage or rectory, I would have received a small salary and the free place to live.

    Now my salary is increased enough to be able to afford to pay for a place to live and in return I do not have to pay taxes on that portion of my salary.

    People cheering this decision act as though all ministers live high on the hog like the ones they see on TV and the more flamboyant ones they may remember from successful local ministry.  We all have a story to tell about the flashy minister who drive a cadillac while his poor parishioners scraped together money for the collection.

    But the vast majority of people in ministry, including me, are not living extravagant lives, and this decision if it is upheld will make things very hard for us.

    so keep cheering if you must.  this decision will hurt the very people who are most often on the side of social justice, while the Christian in name only mega millionaire fakers will not feel much of a hit.   If they have to pay extra taxes, they can afford it.  They'll just buy one fewer car or plane.  I have no car.  My winter coat has holes in it.  My winter boots are too tight but I wear them because this isn't a good time to buy a new pair.

    i am hoping that somewhere along the way someone who is not a naked ministry-basher figures this out and puts some kind of an income ceiling/floor into the law.  If you exempt everyone making under $50K a year, that would be a good start.

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:10:25 AM PST

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