Mikerowaved wrote:Did I miss something? What's so difficult about getting their home address entered into the donor database and mailing their donation statement to them at the end of the year?
It shouldn't be difficult. Especially since any missionary who wants a tax-valid statement would most likely take extra care to enter a correct home address on any donation slip.
RussellHltn wrote:Here's a scenario: The missionary has some investments that earns taxable income during the year. Not common, but not twilight zone either. Given that he's a missionary, I'm not sure as he'd be able to declare himself as a dependent. So he'd need all the deductions he can get.
That's one example of why I said it was conceivable that a missionary would need the tax-valid statement. We've had at least one missionary serve from our stake who was in his upper 20s and well established with his own business. He might well have needed deductions.
The bottom line is that the policies are in place for good reasons. Following them helps clerks to serve the donors better and avoid any audit problems.