Seventh Circuit Court Rules the Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional

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We are grateful to share with you that late today (Friday, March 15, 2019) we received notice from our counsel that the Ministerial Housing Allowance has been upheld to be constitutional by the Seventh District Court of Appeals.

The housing allowance benefit had earlier been declared as unconstitutional in a 7th District Court in Wisconsin when the Freedom From Religion Foundation challenged the housing allowance.  Servant Solutions, as a cooperative partner in the Church Alliance, worked in the appeal process and filing of Amicus Briefs with the Court. 

Jeff Jenness returned this week from meetings in Washington DC with the Church Alliance Steering Committee and had this to say. 

“We are very pleased with this outcome as it preserves the decades long provision in the IRS code which allows for the designation of a housing allowance as part of a minister’s compensation. We’re grateful to the Lord for this outcome.”

You can read the court decree outlining this action by clicking the link below.