Almost all clergy use their personal vehicle for ministry purposes. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as they keep proper records. If you are chosen for an audit, you can bet the auditor will take a good look at the vehicle mileage. This is sometimes the red flag that caused the audit. Every year, clients will say, “let’s just take what I put down last year and add some to it”. During an audit, this will not going to fly. Be sure to write down your mileage at the beginning and ending of the year to establish an accurate accounting of total miles driven. Then, document the ministry mileage throughout the year. The IRS requires a contemporaneous accounting of all deductible ministry mileage. Source: Clergy Financial Resources


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