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DONATIONS FOR MISSION WORK ARE DEDUCTIBLE, IRS SAYS

Contributions to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support the missionary program now qualify as deductible charitable donations, according to the IRS.

The Internal Revenue Services issued a press statement recently reiterating that the church's new method of funding missionary work brings missionary donations under the legal umbrella of deductible charitable donations.The IRS reminded taxpayers that those who made contributions to the LDS Church's new missionary fund - called the Equalized Funding Program - during 1991 may include those donations on their 1991 itemized tax return.

Last year, the church created a funding program that treats all missionary contributions as property of the church. The church created the program after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that contributions made directly to an LDS missionary are not tax deductible because they were not made to or for the use of the church.