Continuing education for ministry leaders
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.

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This Week's LessonWeek of December 8

Travel Expenses—Domestic


This lesson focuses on the issue of travel expenses. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge."

Pastor D travels to a church conference in another state. The conference lasts for 5 days. Pastor D's expenses include transportation, lodging, meals, and incidental expenses, and come to $2,500. Can Pastor D deduct these expenses as a business expense? Can Pastor D's church reimburse them?

Weekly Exercise

Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

Most pastors occasionally travel out-of-town for church-related business. Common examples would be a trip to a national church convention, a seminar, or conducting services in a previous church. The expenses incurred in traveling out-of-town overnight for business are called "travel expenses." Such expenses can be deducted as a business expense, or reimbursed by your church. This week's lesson addresses the handling of travel expenses for purposes.

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