Should Christian Ministers Opt Out Of Social Security Tax?

When I was ordained a Priest I discovered that I would now be responsible for paying my FICA Tax. Up to the point of ordination – when I was the youth minister, the church paid half of the 14% tax. Now, as a Priest, I was responsible for the whole 14%. It turns out, however, that I could apply to opt out of this tax completely (which would then mean I was not eligible¬†for social security payments / retirement payments etc). Here is a great response from a minister about whether we should opt out…



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