September 30, 2010

Receipt of Benevolent Gift Versus Refund of Contribution


If a church gave a member a benevolent gift during a time of need should that church then record the gift on the member's giving statement as a negative against which all of that member's future (or past) donations are subtracted?


No, the receipt of a benevolent gift is non-taxable nor does it reduce one's charitable giving deduction. This offers another good reason to properly document the nature of benevolent gifts to assure that they are not mistaken for refunds of previous contributions.

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