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Accounting for loose offering

Sometimes we don't make payroll for our pastor. The finance person takes the loose offering and gives it to him to makeup for what he has not received. If she account for this by giving him a check is this illegal.

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Sep 09, 2010
Accounting for loose offering
by: Marcus in Texas

The pastor is being compensated for services rendered, so however he is being paid should be considered taxable income to him. Since it is very difficult to keep up with payments made in cash (or loose change) the best way to pay him is by check written on the church's bank account. Paying anyone in cash / loose change is an invitation to serious trouble for the church as well as for the person receiving the money.

Sep 10, 2010
Not a Good Idea
by: Vickey

I agree 100% with Marcus. It would not be a good idea to pay your minister with the loose change. As Marcus stated, it would be better to deposit ALL of the offering and then write a church check out to the minister.

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