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Madison federal judge strips clergy of tax-free housing allowances

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge in Wisconsin struck down a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances.

It's a decision that could have a profound impact to pastors across the U.S.

Friday’s decision centers on a lawsuit filed by a Madison-based special interest group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation. he group claims pastors could take advantage of a 1954 law that would allow for “double dipping” on untaxed income to purchase a home.

In her ruling, Judge Barbara Crabb says the exception provides, “a benefit to religious persons and no one else”.

A spokesperson for the group says they fully expect clergy members to pressure the White House for an appeal.

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