Can the ministry pay for clothing that is worn to preach?

Can the ministry pay for a ministers clothing that is worn to preach?

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Jul 27, 2012
Minister's clothing
by: Anonymous in NC

Only through his/her salary that is reported to IRS on the W-2 form.

Jul 27, 2012
Buying the preacher's clothes
by: Marcusintexas

I think it might depend upon the nature of the "clothing" and who is considered the owner. If the clothing referred to is some type of regalia that is worn only when the preacher is preaching and if the church retains ownership of said clothing, then it would seem to me that it would be okay and would not be considered compensation to be taxed. On the other hand, if it is just a regular suit, shirt, tie, shoes that will belong to the preacher, then the church can pay for those things but the cost should become taxable compensation.

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