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"Love Offerings" for Guest Speakers, Singers, Musicians, Pastor's Birthday

by David
(North Carolina)

I am trying to get a handle on how to properly process and record donations/contributions received through special offerings specifically designated for either a needy church member, a guest speaker (e.g., revival pastor), guest singers, guest musicians or for our Pastor's birthday or annual trip to the Holy Land.

From what I understand from other articles and comments here, IRS regulations do not allow such contributions to be deductible to the donor or in some cases reportable income to the recipient.

There is still a question though of whether 1099s should be issued to certain recipients of such donations/contributions, primarily recipients who received offerings for services provided (e.g., guest speakers, musicians, etc.).

I have also heard somewhere that guest speakers, musicians, etc. should or usually provide some sort of IRS form (maybe a W-9) so the church can properly issue a 1099 for their "service" or performance.

Question 1 - Are designated contributions for a needy church member or family deductible by the donor? (I'm thinking 'no')

Question 2 - Are designated contributions for guest speakers, singers, musicians deductible by the donor? (Again, I'm thinking "no" because it is designated).

Question 3 - Are designated contributions reportable income by the needy member or family and therefore require the issuance of a 1099-MISC? (I'm thinking "no" because it was not for services rendered and not solicited),

Question 4 - Are designated contributions reportable income by guest speakers, musicians, etc. and therefore require issuance of a 1099-MISC? (I'm thinking "yes" because it was for services rendered)

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May 06, 2019
Need clarification on offerings for Musicians
by: Cyndi

I too, am looking for clarification on the church's responsibility when offerings are taken for guest musicians. Is it ok for attendees to write checks directly to the musician? Or must the donations go through the church books, along with a W9 indicating 501(c)3 status? AND, if there is no W9 presented, are we required to withhold backup taxes at 38%? It has been a source of repeated consternation in our church. Thanks for any and all help!

May 10, 2019

by: Vickey

Cyndi, all donations should be made payable to the church and deposited into the church bank account and entered into the church's accounting records.

If a donor wants to write a check directly to the musician, then they need to do it personally and not thru the church.

Issue a check to the guest musicians only AFTER a W-9 has been completed and signed. Make sure they indicate on the W-9 if the check should be issued to an individual or a nonprofit organization.

You are correct about the "no W-9 withholding" too.

Dec 11, 2019
Love Offering(s) in the form of cash
by: Donald

What if I decide to give $100 cash to the visiting preacher as a love gift; should the $100 flow through the church and then given to the preacher or can the cash be given directly to the preacher?

Jun 22, 2020
Money made from pastor's aide
by: Anonymous

What are the specifications regarding fundraising money collected by pastor's aide committee with 100% of the money made going directly to the pastorpastor and none to the church

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