You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. IRS Publication 526 discusses the organizations that qualify to receive deductible contributions.
As a mom who tries to get the most bang out of her budgetary buck, I stock up on a few specifics each season—beach toys and towels at the end of summer and gift wrap and greeting cards after Christmas. As a church administrator there are likely a few key times when you also load up on supplies. From pens to toilet tissue, candles to printer ink, you know when and where...
Since ministers are not allowed to deduct church related business expenses from their local church employment as self-employed workers, often ministers and other church employees pay unnecessary income taxes on legitimate business expenses.