How many years can IRS chase after a minister who didn't report SE tax for the housing allowance?
I'll let the IRS' own FAQ answer this one:
"Generally, the IRS can include returns filed within the last three years in an audit. Additional years can be added if a substantial error is identified. Generally, if a substantial error is identified, the IRS will not go back more than the last six years.
"More information related to extending a statute of limitations can be obtained in Publication 1035, Extending the Tax Assessment Period."
From Publication 1035:
"The statute of limitations for IRS to assess and collect any outstanding balances does not start until a return has been filed.In other words, there is no statute of limitations for assessing and collecting the tax if no return has been filed."