Mastering Business Expenses Basic TrainingOVERVIEW
Business expenses are complex, and pastors incur them as quickly as any CEO. Whether it is meeting with an elder over breakfast, traveling to the hospital for visitation, attending a preaching workshop, or—in some churches—paying a tithe, pastors and church administrators must understand how to account for all these expenses.
The following handouts will explain:1) The distinction between, and unique benefits of, accountable and non-accountable reimbursement plans 2) Travel and commuting expenses 3) Education expenses 4) Entertainment expenses 5) Fringe benefits 6) The circumstances in which tithing is considered a business expense.
We hope this material frees your pastors to be able to minister more generously.
Four Rules for Reimbursements
Here’s how you can keep the church’s policies efficient and, more importantly, legal.
Many churches opt for these straightforward arrangements, but they can backfire.
Expenses for Cars and Commuting
Pastors can receive reimbursement for some travel expenses. Find out which ones.
Accounting for Travel Expenses
Many expenses can be deducted or reimbursed if you fall within these rules.
Paying for Continuing Education
The church can cover the costs of employee learning. Use this guide to understand how.
Understanding Entertainment Expenses
Know the rules for reimbursement on lunches, dinners, and other recreation.
How Fringe Benefits Fit In
Should the church tax employees for the benefits that come with the job?
Is Tithing a Business Expense?
Ministers can deduct contributions to their church under certain circumstances.
Books and websites to help your church with its business expenses.
About the Author: Richard Hammar