Tithing Settlement

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Tithing Settlement

Postby lajackson » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:11 am

A new notice today at the Official Communication Library shows that tithing settlement may begin as early as October 15 this year. Less year-end stress for busy bishops.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby mfmohlma » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:41 pm

Awesome.

One little tidbit in the letter points clerks to http://lds.org/tithing-settlement, which supposedly redirects to help files for clerks. Someone must have been a little too greedy with the wildcard on the redirect filter, because that URL redirects to the new donation application... :) Feedback sent.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby sdrakulich » Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:42 pm

I'm a stake clerk and I was discussing tithing settlement with one of our bishops recently. Do you know if there will be any change this year with online donations being accepted? We were curious if individual or family financial summaries would look any different given the new online procedures. I'm inclined to think it would be the same as in previous years but I figured now would be a good time to prepare the bishops if there are going to be any changes due to the new online donation system. Thanks for any feedback.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby lajackson » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:32 pm

sdrakulich wrote:Do you know if there will be any change this year with online donations being accepted? We were curious if individual or family financial summaries would look any different given the new online procedures.

Online donations are treated as if they were handed to the bishopric in an envelope. I think the reports will all look the same. They should be individual summaries (some with the spouse named also), just as in the past.

One thing new to the Tithing Settlement announcement is the note that members can print out their own annual donation summaries at the LDS.org Donations site. While that is true, the clerk is still responsible to see that they get them. So unless a member tells the clerk they will print their own, I suppose he should print the whole lot.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby davesudweeks » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:23 am

I can confirm that Online Donations show on the Ward's MLS. We have had quite a few in our ward (to the delight of the Bishopric) and each one is visible when you look at the View/Update Donations option in MLS.

Note: you cannot update any of the online ones, but you can view them. The Online Donation Number starts with "ON"

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby jdlessley » Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:08 am

davesudweeks wrote:Note: you cannot update any of the online ones, but you can view them.

I hope you are referring to the member not being able to update a donation. The online help states donations can be edited to correct donation categories, but not total donation amount, in MLS by those with finance permissions.
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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby davesudweeks » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:38 am

I am currently serving as Assistant Clerk - Finance. I am not in front of MLS right now, but I did pull up several Online Donation records in MLS last Wednesday. As I recall, everything was greyed out - I could not change anything on the online Donation Record.

I can edit Donations processed in MLS by the Clerks/Bishopric. I will check again the next time I am at the church and will update this thread with my findings.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby lajackson » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:43 pm

Perhaps you cannot edit an Online Donation that was just made until the funds have actually transferred from the bank to the Church. So if I donated on a Thursday, it would show up in MLS on Friday but probably not be editable until the transaction completed after the funds transferred on Monday.

I suggest this as a guess. As you look at the dates of the donations, which will be the date the member initiated it, you may find a pattern there. Then again, it could be something totally different.

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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby russellhltn » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:50 pm

davesudweeks wrote:I am currently serving as Assistant Clerk - Finance.

Just as a thought, you might ask the Ward Clerk to pull it up.

The FAQ for the on-line donation system says that you have to work with the local clerks to fix any problems with past donations, so that seems to be the plan. There's certainly no way I can see to fix my prior donation in the webpage.
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Re: Tithing Settlement

Postby lajackson » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:23 pm

russellhltn wrote:Just as a thought, you might ask the Ward Clerk to pull it up.

Our Ward Assistant Clerk -- Finances can edit them. He has just never checked closely to the date the member made the actual contribution.

And no, the member cannot do any editing at all at the Online Donations website.


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