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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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What does a ordained minister do to get back into Social

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What does a ordained minister do to get back into Social Security?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 11 months ago.

Hi. My name's Lane. I can help you here.


I'm so sorry, but this is an irrevocable election.


Congress HAS provided a couple of opportunities (with the last one expiring in 2002) for a minister to opt back in, but both had very narrow windows of time. (Details are in IRS Pub 517)



You can, of course do other work, and have no CHOICE about paying-in (either as an employee other than as a minister OR as a self-employed individual doing anything other then ministerial work).


YOu can also read about this here:

Expert:  Lane replied 11 months ago.

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I have a law degree, (Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.