Missionary Mobile Device

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tubaloth
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Missionary Mobile Device

Postby tubaloth » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:38 pm

We just had a missionary come home. The finances person on her mission said she needs to pay for the mobile device.

Because she has extra money in her Missionary fund, I was just going to transfer some over.

Watching this video.
https://www.lds.org/help/support/missio ... =eng#watch

Shows that I should have a SPECIFIC Other account for her mobile device (with the sister missionary's name on it). But I don't have that.
We just have one other account called Mobile Missionary Device with no missionary name.

Where do I put the funds at?
Thanks

wertdl
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby wertdl » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:10 pm

This may be a great question to ask Local Unit Support, if you haven't already.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:35 pm

tubaloth wrote:We just had a missionary come home. The finances person on her mission said she needs to pay for the mobile device.

Talk about a day late .....


tubaloth wrote:Because she has extra money in her Missionary fund, I was just going to transfer some over.

Bad idea. Missionary is tax deductible, mobile devices are not. You might recategorize some of the donations the family has made. That will change the tax status.

But yes, talk this over with Local Unit Support. I'm wondering if they issued the device with the expectation of getting it back and she took it with her. That would explain why they're bugging for the funds now. It's possible they want the funds or the device. Depending on her computing preferences, she might elect to return the device.
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tubaloth
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby tubaloth » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:24 pm

Bad idea. Missionary is tax deductible, mobile devices are not. You might recategorize some of the donations the family has made. That will change the tax status.


How is missionary tax deductible? I have never given parents any tax form from the the church like tithing? I thought other funds were Not taxable? Missionary funds goes into an other fund. Did I miss something?

Thanks. I'll call local support.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby eblood66 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:41 pm

tubaloth wrote:How is missionary tax deductible?

In the US, donations to the Ward Missionary Fund or the General Missionary Fund are tax deductible. It may be different in other countries.

tubaloth wrote:I have never given parents any tax form from the the church like tithing?

Again, in the US the year end tax statement will include donations to tithing, fast offerings, General Missionary Fund, Ward Missionary Fund and certain select Other funds (like Temple Construction) which are all tax deductible. There is just one form and it will have all tax deductible donations listed.

tubaloth wrote:I thought other funds were Not taxable? Missionary funds goes into an other fund.

No, missionary funds should not go in an other fund. They should go in the Ward Missionary Fund which is also where the monthly charge from CHQ is placed.

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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby russellhltn » Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:28 am

eblood66 wrote:
tubaloth wrote:I thought other funds were Not taxable? Missionary funds goes into an other fund.

No, missionary funds should not go in an other fund. They should go in the Ward Missionary Fund which is also where the monthly charge from CHQ is placed.

That is true of the monthly funds. It's part of Ward Missionary and (at least in the US) the donations are tax-deductibles and are reflected in the end of the year tax statement.

But the missionary mobile device is a sub-category of "Other" and created by SLC. If it's not there, then you can't pay it. Those donations are NOT tax deductible. Moving funds between a tax-deductible and a non-tax-deductible account is a bad idea. But with the donor's permission, you can recategorize the donation. The change will be reflected in the end of the year tax statement.
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Re: Missionary Mobile Device

Postby eblood66 » Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:32 am

russellhltn wrote:
eblood66 wrote:No, missionary funds should not go in an other fund. They should go in the Ward Missionary Fund which is also where the monthly charge from CHQ is placed.

That is true of the monthly funds. It's part of Ward Missionary and (at least in the US) the donations are tax-deductibles and are reflected in the end of the year tax statement.

But the missionary mobile device is a sub-category of "Other" and created by SLC. If it's not there, then you can't pay it. Those donations are NOT tax deductible. Moving funds between a tax-deductible and a non-tax-deductible account is a bad idea. But with the donor's permission, you can recategorize the donation. The change will be reflected in the end of the year tax statement.

Good clarification, especially in light of the topic of the thread!


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