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Church Taxes

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by jb1390, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I am plowing my church at no cost to them this winter, and wondering how to claim it on my taxes. Do I get to deduct the worth of the service, or do I only deduct depreciation for wear and tear on my equipment?
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    You make them a "bill" for the true value of your services and they will make you a receipt
  3. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    provide a invoice for the value (what you would get paid for a normal push) and they should give you a form to fill out and provide to your accountant for deduction purposes.
  4. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Do you have a real plowing company? If so then you can claim it as a "donation".
    Ask your accountant.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If you claim it as a donation you need to put the value of it in your income statement.
  6. tjlands

    tjlands Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    Really, I didnt know that.
    Probably because I have never done anything for free.

    Sorry for the bad info.
  7. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Off topic, but I heard that churches don't pay income tax, all ministers are exempt from being taxed! Must be nice! lol
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    As is the case for any non profit
  9. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Have you ever heard of Benny Hinn, hes always on T.V advertising his international church servises & all his profit is tax free! He makes hundreds of millions every year, check his link out! http://www.bennyhinn.org/default.cfm
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    The church is non-profit, not the minister. Ministers pay taxes on their wages, unless they are corrupt.
  11. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    That is correct, the pastor pays income tax and other deductions just like any other employee of the church
  12. Switchless

    Switchless Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 74

    Errrr...... but he/they do get a lot of perks that no one sees.:)
    And, FWIW, as a church donation the deduction is only a percentage, not a full deduction off the top.
    Since I work for a church (sexton), It's very hard to please the snow people. For some reason they think that even though it's for free, they expect to be first on the list, no matter what............
  13. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Find out if the church has a charitable organization number and if so just get a receipt for your time spent and that becomes a tax write off. Well at least here it does. tymusic

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    our church sends out a donation form showing what you donated . im sure if you keep a total as to what the service would cost if they paid they could do the same.