Youth/Children's Worker

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Youth/Children's Worker
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of May 26

What Youth Pastors Need to Know about Cell Phones - Part 1

Introduction

This week we turn our attention to Part 1 of What Youth Pastors Need to Know about Cell Phones. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson for a complete discussion of this topic.

A church provides its youth pastor with a cell phone, and pays the standard monthly fee of $80 for a specified number of minutes. The youth pastor keeps no records to establish the business use of the phone. The church treasurer assumes that none of the monthly cell phone payments made by the church should be reported as taxable income to the youth pastor since the phone was provided for business and not personal use. Is this correct? For the current year, the church not only made twelve monthly payments of $80, but paid an additional $300 for minutes in excess of the maximum allowed under the plan. Should any of the payments made by the church have been reported as taxable income to the youth pastor? If so, how is this done?

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