Pastor non church related Travel

If a Pastor is traveling because he was invited to be a speaker at another church which is covering airflight and acomidations. Does the local church have to reimburse for any aditional expenses an example is luggage. Is this legal?

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Mar 26, 2012
Pastor unrelated travel
by: Anonymous

The church never has to reimburse a pastor for anything, most do as a benefit for church related activity. If it is unrelated and you do pay for it, the money would need to be added to his W-2 as other income. Most pastors are "dual employed" (employee of the church and self employed) and anything not reimbursed by the church that is allowable they can claim on their taxes.

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