Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/CHurch helping others


We have a family in our church that we have been helping with monetary gifts given by others to be given to the family in need. do we need to issue a 1099 or do they have to claim the money as income on their taxes? Thanks


Thanks for your question.

The money is considered a gift, and therefore the church does not have any reporting responsibilities - no 1099 or other document.  It is not taxable income to the recipients.

However, I would add that there is one major exception. If those receiving the gifts are employees of the church, it would be reported on their W-2 and would be taxable income.  This would apply also if gift were given to a spouse or family member of the employee and would be treated as income to the employee.

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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