Are church-paid travel expenses considered "income"?
I am a Mission Trip Coordinator (and licensed minister). I am not an employee (in the normal sense).
I lead 2 a couple 10-day mission trips a year.
The church pays all my airfare, hotels, meals, and misc. expenses.
I also receive a flat $1500 for leading each trip (no taxes taken out).
Are the directly paid travel expenses income? To me this would be absurd, but then again, it is the IRS.
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