Monetary Gift given to self employed ordained pastor to be used to puchase ministry tool

by brian michael
(cookeville tn)

I'm an ordained minister--self employed by irs standards.

I have someone who wants to buy me something. I will use it for ministry purposes.
If he writes me a check and I give him a letter stating the amount given was used for ministry purposes, can he use the amount given and 'write it off 'on his tax return?

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May 26, 2014
Monetary Gift to self-employed pastor
by: Lewis in NC

Sorry, I do not think so. You might confirm this by calling the IRS toll free number.

May 26, 2014
Monetary Gift given to self employed ordained pastor
by: KENEB MN

You are not a 501-c3 organization so your letter would not make the gift tax deductible.

May 27, 2014
gift to individual
by: Anonymous

Even though you state this will be used for ministry there is no way verify.
The way to approach this is for the donor to give to the church and designate it for "church tools" it would then be a tax deduction for them and the board would decide how to use the funds (reimburse you or purchase the item their-self)at their meeting.

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