davesudweeks wrote:If I understand correctly (I am not a tax expert): You cannot designate where the donation goes as that could make the donation taxable. There was a US legal case some years ago (I think in Arizona?) where a family deducted the money they sent to their missionary as a tax deduction and the IRS ruled against them.
I'm quite certain that money donated to the church's missionary fund IS tax deductible, even if "credited" to a specific missionary. As I understand it, it's because of the church's equalizing of the contributions (regardless of the actual cost), the money is not sent to or otherwise controlled by the missionary, and that the missionary would not be sent back if payment wasn't made. Or something like that. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm quite certain that any missionary donations are shown on the annual tax statements given to members regardless of if they are "credited" to a specific missionary who happens to be a son or daughter. Which I'd think would be a pretty strong indicator.
I suspect what the "Arizona" couple was doing was deducting money sent directly to their son. I could see where the IRS would have a problem with that. In fact, if my web search is correct, the equalized payment system may have been a response to that as it appears to have started the same year a particular case (that sounds like the one you're describing) was lost.
davesudweeks wrote:However, you should speak with your tax advisor on this, rather than take advice from this user-to-user help forum.
Absolutely. However, I don't think that's what dougdillon was asking about. I think he's looking for a donation method similar to bill pay so his workplace matching donations are credited to a specific missionary. I'm not sure as that's possible via the bill pay system. My only suggestion there is to send an email to Donations@ldschurch.org
and see what they can suggest.