Any experts out there? My Dad was a Pastor many moons ago. He paid primarily SECA----he had many children and never had to pay income tax, iirc. However, he only had to pay his social security/medicare (SECA) off what came through the church. Any gifts given to him in the form of a "Baptist handshake" were not taxed. It was a birthday or Christmas gift. Missionaries, however, are another story. I cannot speak for all missionaries and/or mission boards because I don't know of their policies. I can only speak for those of us who are through a clearing house style mission. My Mom only has one way to send me money for Christmas presents for the kids----my home mission. Then I must pay a tax (SECA) on the gift. I find this baffling. I'm not trying to be shady with the government and am all for paying taxes where taxes are due. However, it is really frustrating when my kids' birthday money is taxed. Am I understanding something incorrectly? Can someone else offer a perspective on this?