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7th Circuit tosses out challenge to clergy housing tax exemption

from Baptist Joint Committee

In 2013, Wisconsin federal district court judge Barbara Crabb ruled unconstitutional the tax exemption for ministers receiving a housing allowance as a part of their compensation. The decision sparked a firestorm of protest among many in the faith community. Today, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Judge Crabb's ruling, finding the plaintiffs in the case do not have standing to bring suit because they had not suffered any injury as a result of the challenged rule. more

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