Mission Trip Donation or not?
Mission trip planned with a total given all those attending sum of visa,tickets,meals,hotel,etc. Each person making the trip gets donations from,friends,church members,etc. written and deposited to the church. As the date for departure nears several of those going still need funds for total cost, so they or their parents make up the difference......church buys the tickets, pays hotel bill and prepays meals for the entire group.
Question has come up.....the amounts paid by anyone actually going out of their pockets does it go on their contribution yr end receipt for tax purpose or considered that they received goods, being air ticket, room and meals? Considered the trip as a lump sum expense and anything owed would be covered by the church or any overage would be paid to the mission in Brazil they are working.