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Free income tax return 5. Free income tax return   Ministers and Church Employees Table of Contents Alternative Limit for Church Employees Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of ServiceChanges to Includible Compensation Changes to Years of Service Self-employed ministers and church employees who participate in 403(b) plans generally follow the same rules as other 403(b) plan participants. Free income tax return This means that if you are a self-employed minister or a church employee, your MAC generally is the lesser of: Your limit on annual additions, or Your limit on elective deferrals. Free income tax return For most ministers and church employees, the limit on annual additions is figured without any changes. Free income tax return This means that if you are a minister or church employee, your limit on annual additions generally is the lesser of: $51,000 for 2013 and $52,000 for 2014, or Your includible compensation for your most recent year of service. Free income tax return Although, in general, the same limit applies, church employees can choose an alternative limit and there are changes in how church employees, foreign missionaries, and self-employed ministers figure includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Free income tax return This chapter will explain the alternative limit and the changes. Free income tax return Who is a church employee?   A church employee is anyone who is an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches, including an employee of a tax-exempt organization controlled by or associated with a church or a convention or association of churches. Free income tax return Alternative Limit for Church Employees If you are a church employee, you can choose to use $10,000 a year as your limit on annual additions, even if your annual additions computed under the general rule is less. Free income tax return Total contributions over your lifetime under this choice cannot be more than $40,000. Free income tax return Changes to Includible Compensation for Most Recent Year of Service There are two types of changes in determining includible compensation for the most recent year of service. Free income tax return They are: Changes in how the includible compensation of foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers is figured, and A change to the years that are counted when figuring the most recent year of service for church employees and self-employed ministers. Free income tax return Changes to Includible Compensation Includible compensation is figured differently for foreign missionaries and self-employed ministers. Free income tax return Foreign missionary. Free income tax return   If you are a foreign missionary, your includible compensation includes foreign earned income that may otherwise be excludable from your gross income under section 911. Free income tax return   If you are a foreign missionary, and your adjusted gross income is $17,000 or less, contributions to your 403(b) account will not be treated as exceeding the limit on annual additions if the contributions are not in excess of $3,000. Free income tax return   You are a foreign missionary if you are either a layperson or a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church and you meet both of the following requirements. Free income tax return You are an employee of a church or convention or association of churches. Free income tax return You are performing services for the church outside the United States. Free income tax return Self-employed minister. Free income tax return   If you are a self-employed minister, you are treated as an employee of a tax-exempt organization that is a qualified employer. Free income tax return Your includible compensation is your net earnings from your ministry minus the contributions made to the retirement plan on your behalf and the deductible portion of your self-employment tax. Free income tax return Changes to Years of Service Generally, only service with the employer who maintains your 403(b) account can be counted when figuring your limit on annual additions. Free income tax return Church employees. Free income tax return   If you are a church employee, treat all of your years of service as an employee of a church or a convention or association of churches as years of service with one employer. Free income tax return Self-employed minister. Free income tax return   If you are a self-employed minister, your years of service include full and part years during which you were self-employed. Free income tax return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications