Expenses paid on behalf of church

by Raymon Hixon
(Lawton, OK, USA)

We frequently have people who pay expenses for the church out of their pocket, say for instance while on a mission trip. They never want to get reimbursed but, instead, want it put on their year-end contribution statements. Is paying expenses for the church that the church otherwise would have to of [aid considered a cash contribution? or a non-cash contribution?

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Aug 22, 2015
Expense reimbursement
by: DFry

It certainly creates an excellent audit trail to present the church with receipts for reimbursement, then give the money back as a gift. But it's not really necessary. You can simply save your receipts and deduct them as charitable donations on your tax return. And it saves the treasurer a whole lot of work.

Aug 11, 2015
by: Anonymous

Our church utilizes our "reimbursement policy."

They are required to submit receipts along with a request form for reimbursement.
The church issues them a check, they in turn sign the back of the check and place it in a giving envelope with their name on it and place it in the offering.

The check is then deposited into the church checking account along with the rest of the donations. Their gift then shows up on their giving record at the end of the year from the giving envelope.

The check clears in the checking account like any other check the church writes and the deposit puts it back in.

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