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Self employed health insurance deduction for minister paying se tax on w2 compensation and has 3 other schedule C forms.

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I'm only getting a small percentage of the health insurance deduction on line 29 apparently because the 1/2 se tax deduction is including the se tax calculated on the w2 wages and the housing allowance.  This doesn't seem right to me, i'm thinking that he should get 100% deduction as long as the health insurance does not exceed the 3 schedule Cs less 1/2 the se tax associated with them.  Am I thinking right?  Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this question.

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Ministers are treated as employees in relation to income reported on the W-2, by virtue of meeting the common law employee factor tests, although the Code (and, therefore, the IRS) bifurcates on how minister wages are subject to SE-tax.

While it is possible for ministers to have self-employment income acting in capacities other than as being an employee of the church, for which W-2 is issued, they are employees with regard to wages reported on the W-2 and not "self-employed individuals" as defined under §401(c) and, consequently, not qualify for above-the-line SEHI deduction provided for under §162(l).

Medical insurance with respect to the minister's employment income should, instead, be deducted on Sch A.

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According to the IRS Worksheet (and therefore the ProSeries worksheet called the "Self-Employed Health and Long-Term Care Insurance Deduction Worksheet"), it takes the TOTAL on Line 27 (1/2 SE tax) and then prorates it among the total income of all businesses.
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p535.pdf#page=22

But the tricky part is Line 5 of that worksheet.  It does not specifically state to include the clergy wages.  However, I agree with you, that Line 5 SHOULD include the clergy wages, so if you are willing to 'take a stand', you should override Line 5 of that worksheet to add the clergy wages.
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It's very helpful that you agree with me.  Thanks for your input......
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Ministers are treated as employees in relation to income reported on the W-2, by virtue of meeting the common law employee factor tests, although the Code (and, therefore, the IRS) bifurcates on how minister wages are subject to SE-tax.

While it is possible for ministers to have self-employment income acting in capacities other than as being an employee of the church, for which W-2 is issued, they are employees with regard to wages reported on the W-2 and not "self-employed individuals" as defined under §401(c) and, consequently, not qualify for above-the-line SEHI deduction provided for under §162(l).

Medical insurance with respect to the minister's employment income should, instead, be deducted on Sch A.

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I *THINK* it sounds like the OP is trying to use the SEHI deduction against the 3 'other' Schedule C businesses, rather than the clergy W-2 income.

@RANDYBLANK   The Self Employed Health Insurance deduction is limited to the profit of THAT specific business that has the 'plan'.  So if you have 3 businesses that EACH have a $1000 profit and you enter $3000 health insurance under one business, the limit will be $1000.  In that example, each business would need to have a 'plan' that pays for $1000, and you would enter $1000 under each of the 3 businesses.
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That is a correct assessment....  I accidently clicked on 'recommended answer'...  I can't figure out how to 'unclick' it.....  Thanks to everyone for their input...
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