A minister is in charge of a restricted benevolence type of fund/ministry. He is not an employee of the church but is a member and does volunteer in various church related activities. The church receives gifts, some of which are directed to his ministry and some that are specifically directed to him, all of which are deposited into the church's restricted fund. The church also gives him $200 per month from the restricted fund. The church has been giving him a Form 1099 for the $200 per month at the end of each year. Is this correct, or are the monthly gifts the church gives non-taxable to the minister/volunteer. Is there any potential that the $200 per month could be classified as a benevolent gift?
Finally, are the gifts to him and/or his ministry tax deductible by the donors?