Purchases of furniture and appliances for parsonage
by Marcus n Texas
Our church provides a parsonage for the pastor's family and also pays the pastor a housing allowance. If the pastor uses a portion of the housing allowance to purchase furniture and appliances for the parsonage, when that pastor leaves, who owns the furniture and appliances purchased with the housing allowance?
If the pastor has claimed the money used for those purchases as earned income, wouldn't the furniture and appliances become his / her property?
However, as a member of the church's finance committee, how would I be able to know whether or not the money used to purchase those items has ever been shown as income when the pastor filed his income tax return?