Contributions to Missionaries

by Peggy
(Barberton, OH)

I know that the IRS says that you cannot give to individuals and be deductible by the donor - does this apply to missionaries? Our church gives to specific Global Partner missionaries and several others. When tithe envelopes show a missionaries name, is this tax deductible to the donor? The church then send out funds at the end of the month to the organization that the missionary is under, but lists the amounts collected for each missionary.

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Sep 22, 2013
Deductible Contributions to Missionaries
by: Vickey

The contributions would be tax deductible as long the church exercises full administrative control over the donated funds. From the information you have provided, it sounds like that would be the case.

See the example written by the MinistryCPA on Designated Gift to a Missionary that I added to this page:

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