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How should we handle our pastor's club dues?

For the purpose of community outreach, our pastor wants to join a couple of local clubs. The board would like to pay his dues, but can this be considered a business expense?

Many ministers belong to local clubs, including fitness and golf clubs. Some churches agree to pay the annual dues or fees to these clubs as a fringe benefit. In some cases, the minister (or church) treats the club dues as a business expense because membership in the club will either contribute to the minister's health or expose the minister and church to the community.

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