"Love Offerings" for ministers - income with deductions?

by Linda
(Rustburg, VA)

We are having a love offering (which will be segregated from our regular offerings) and designated to a minister. This offering will be for a minister going to another church. Is this love offering of checks (payable to the church) plus cash, considered income for which tax deductions would be taken?

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Jul 31, 2012
Love Offerings Taxability
by: Marcusintexas

The best way to handle this would most likely be to merely issue an IRS Form 1099 to the individual at the end of the calendar / tax year, assuming the total payment is $600 or more for the year. Since the individual is technically not an employee, it would not be necessary to treat him / her as an employee with respect to withholding, social security or medicare taxes.

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