2019 List of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The IRS has released its annual list of the top 12 tax scams that taxpayers should avoid (IR-2019-49). They are essential the same as last year, although some scams are featured more prominently than before. The top tax scams are: Phishing (IR 2019-26): Taxpayers should be alert to the ongoing threat of fake emails or websites…

Parsonage Allowance Is Constitutional

For nearly 70 years, clergy receiving housing (an in-kind benefit) or a housing allowance (a cash benefit) were able to exclude the full amount from gross income. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged the housing allowance as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That clause prohibits the federal government…