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Manager's Toolkit - Ordained Ministers

Ordained Ministers



Payroll set-up for clergy can be very confusing and is one of our most common problem areas in the parishes. The most important thing to remember is that clergy are considered self-employed for Social Security purposes. That means that you CANNOT withhold FICA or Medicare from their checks and you do not pay employer matching FICA or Medicare. Priests can, however, elect to have Federal Income Tax withheld and can also elect to have additional tax withheld to help them cover their self-employment taxes.

The following documentation must be completed when adding a new priest or permanent deacon to the payroll:

  • Employment Eligibility Form I-9
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services New Hire Reporting
  • Emergency Contact information

Priests doing supply work at your parish must complete (or have completed by the parish administrator) a timesheet for workers' compensation purposes. Compensation guidelines are below. We do not have recommendations for baptisms, retreats or other activities that are not listed on the sheet below.


Priest timesheet View

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