Law360 (October 24, 2018, 9:04 PM EDT) -- Ending a housing tax break for members of the clergy, which has been enshrined in the tax code for nearly 65 years, could constitute religious discrimination, the federal government told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday.
If the government repealed Section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides a housing tax break for clergy members — while allowing similar breaks for other classes — it would appear discriminatory, Jesse Panuccio, principal deputy associate attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice, told the court.
“If the Congress were allowed to make these categorical exceptions for everyone but clergy, then it would...
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