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Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin recently found the housing allowance tax exemption for clergy to be unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Legal Services Department at GCFA has reviewed the decision and prepared a thoughtful analysis of its contents and the reasoning of the judge. You can also find a PDF of the analysis online at http://www.gcfa.org/
The case remains open and an appeal to the Circuit Court of Appeals is likely. The GCFA Legal Services Department will continue to monitor this case and will update its analysis when necessary at www.gcfa.org.
United Methodist News Service shares more insight from church leaders in "Responding to Court Ruling on Clergy Housing" at http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/responding-to-court-ruling-on-clergy-housing.