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Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 3:59 pm
by grantley
Hi, I have in the past made donations directly from my business entity ( Company), which on MLS has it's own donor number.

In Australia I made these donations using the Bpay system, which as I understand it is no longer available.

Now that donations are to be made via the church website, I would like to know how I can do this electronically?

As I pay annually, and cheques are quickly being phased out, I don't want to give the clerk cash.

Your help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 12:46 pm
by sbradshaw
The online donation system is intended to be used for individuals donating. Businesses can donate through Philanthropies.

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 3:53 pm
by grantley
Philanthropies seems to not have a tithing category. Can Tithing be paid via a business? Thanks

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:06 pm
by lajackson
grantley wrote:Philanthropies seems to not have a tithing category.

It is there. You can direct a contribution through Philanthropies to tithing or other Church offerings. The instructions page has two parts. The instructions are on the second part of that page.

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 11:00 am
by sbradshaw
lajackson wrote:
grantley wrote:Philanthropies seems to not have a tithing category.

It is there. You can direct a contribution through Philanthropies to tithing or other Church offerings. The instructions page has two parts. The instructions are on the second part of that page.

I wasn't able to find the page that mentions tithing. I did find this FAQ that says that "Tithing and Fast Offering donations are not processed by Philanthropies":
https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/ldsp/lds-online-donations-faq
Which instructions page were you looking at?

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:01 pm
by lajackson
sbradshaw wrote:I wasn't able to find the page that mentions tithing. I did find this FAQ that says that "Tithing and Fast Offering donations are not processed by Philanthropies":
https://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/ldsp/lds-online-donations-faq
Which instructions page were you looking at?

My mistake. In general, tithing donations cannot be made through Philanthropies.

I was thinking of an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution, which does not apply in this case, but which does allow for contributions to tithing and other Church offerings.

Re: Electronic donation on behalf of business entity

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 1:51 pm
by russellhltn
I'm not sure how it works in Australia, but in the US, it's probably possible to set up an individual account that draws the funds from a business account. The system only cares that it can draw funds from that account.

However, I have no idea what the tax implications of that would be. You'd have to consult a professional.