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I'm a -vocational minister and will be retiring. I'm 62 so I

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I'm a bi -vocational minister and will be retiring. I'm 62 so I can only make 14500 a year. My question is, I'm getting a housing allowance does that count as income to my allowed social security income? Example I'm getting paid 13000 a year, 12000 is housing allowance. Now that I'm retiring and will be working more at church they will be paying more. So can I make 1500 more can I make 13500 more.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Robin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now and typing up my reply. I'll post that in just a few moments.

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

Under SSA and benefits while still working and under full retirement age,

Income counted toward the Earnings Limit would include:

Ministry Salary, Honoraria, Housing Allowance, Parsonage Rental Value, Social Security allowance paid by the church, other secular work income or any other income from work.

Income not counted toward that limit includes:

Interest and dividends, Pensions, IRA’s, TSA’s or Annuities, any rental income and capital gains.

Payment for ministry expenses such as automobile mileage, meals, entertainment, books, seminars, etc. also do not count.

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

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