Maybe this needs to go under a different forum (moderators, feel free to move if necessary), but thought I would start here... Our members are asking questions again this time of year on what is deductible and what is not. I am not a tax pro by any means, just trying to do what is legal/right for everyone. I have read through many of the resources concerning this, but getting mixed signals. Any advice on the following is appreciated : - if a person donates an item, for example a flat screen monitor to the church youth room or miscellaneous supplies to the nursery, what responsibility does the church have in reporting/recording this, if any? or is it solely up to the individual to claim the items appropriately (itemized deduction) on his/her taxes? - if a person or company does a job for the church, for example some carpentry work, but wants to donate the labor portion of their invoice, I do not see how they can legally deduct that and/or how the church could legally give them a receipt. am I correct? - in the above carpentry example, if the labor cannot be legally deducted, do most churches encourage them to invoice the full amount and then write a check back to the church equal to the amount of labor (thereby making a deductible cash contribution)? or are there limitations or other concerns to this practice? Thank you in advance for any advice.
Where can I find definitive answers on church-related tax deduction questions?