Guidelines for Benevolence Funds
Benevolence Payments Taxable?
A fund was started for a sick child and
the contributions had her name on them.
What are the guidelines for distribution of the
The father of the child works for the church.
Would any funds given to him become income?
(given to cover rent etc. for the family during
this time of illness.)
The donations would not be tax deductible to the donors.
Most of the time benevolence payments are not taxable to the recipient; however it gets a little sticky when the recipient is a staff member.
Careful documentation is required to ensure that the employee would have received a benevolence payment, and in the same amount, if the individual had not been a staff member.
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