August 23, 2010

Church Support of a Missionary with No Mission Agency

Question:

A church provides direct support to a missionary -- both through the church budget and from additional contributions received designated to his ministry. What reporting requirements does the church have?

Answer:

Since the church disburses directly to the missionary, it should issue Form 1099-MISC. If it wishes, the church can establish arrangements, for example, to reimburse documented business expenses and to designate a portion of the support toward housing. Absent these provisions, the entire amount should be reported annually on Form 1099-MISC.

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