Are church-paid travel expenses considered "income"?

by Bryan
(Hadley, NY)

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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