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Is my pastor supposed to get a 1099 or a W-2?

Do my pastor’s UMPIP contributions get withheld from payroll?

How do I make sure I’m withholding personal contributions correctly?

Wespath understands that local churches and other UMC-affiliated organizations often struggle with complex payroll procedures. It can be challenging to stay compliant with evolving legal requirements. Monthly, quarterly, and year-end reporting are time-consuming, and it can be difficult to maintain consistency if the person assigned to be the payroll administrator is out of the office.

When you sponsor a retirement plan through Wespath, you can take advantage of Wespath’s partnership with Paychex. This value-added service is an affordable payroll processing and tax compliance solution. Plan sponsors can also elect integration for retirement contributions from payroll to Wespath Benefits and Investments.

With more than 45 years of payroll experience, Paychex is familiar with the unique needs of church payroll, including the clergy housing allowance exclusion. UMC organizations receive a discount of 35% on Paychex services.

Plan sponsors can use Paychex to manage withholdings, payroll via direct deposit or check, tax compliance, and timely deposits and filings, as well as custom reports for financial review.

Additional optional Paychex services available to UMC-affiliated employers enrolled in both Wespath retirement plans and Paychex Flex® payroll include HR Solutions, workers’ compensation, time and attendance, applicant tracking and recruiting, electronic onboarding, and more. Additional details are available here.

Interested in working with Wespath? Contact us.