Next time you drop a twenty into the collection plate at your house of worship, you might want to get a receipt.
New Internal Revenue Service rules in effect since Jan. 1 require written proof in order to get a tax break on any cash donation — including tithes, offerings or the odd bills and coins tossed into donation boxes at churches, synagogues and mosques.
Who’s bright idea was this?
“When we put that money into the offering plate, it’s ridiculous to think we need to ask for a receipt,” said Moffatt, who is so steamed about the new rules that he wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee last week asking for a change.
I can just see it now. We’re going to have to have someone following the plate along writing out receipts for the quarter kids drop in. Sheesh!
The sight of cash and loose change heaped on collection plates Sunday mornings is becoming a thing of the past, said the Rev. Larry Peters, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Clarksville. Instead, Peters said, most of the 300 families who attend his church on Sundays give checks — a receipt acceptable to the IRS for under-$250 donations.
And so everyone knows who gave what. That bothers me. Giving is a private thing, it doesn’t need to be announced that so and so gave more than whatsisface, even though so and so can afford to give more.
His church will soon offer a way to make donations that provide another IRS-approved paper trail: automatic debit transactions.
Have you debit card ready! An ATM, coming soon to a church near you!
Can we please get rid of the IRS and use a system that makes a whole lot more sense? PLEASE?