catmulls wrote:Our Bishop feels like it is proper "accounting" procedures to present something to the member and ask if that is a full-tithe.
The problem with that is that it is not necessary for a member to have paid all their tithing for the year before tithing settlement. When someone declares that they are a full tithe payer it really means that they have and/or plan to pay a full tithe. A person could have nothing on their statement and still be a full tithe payer if they plan on paying the entire amount at the end of the year (I've seen members do that).
As the church has moved the timing of tithing settlement forward (presumably to reduce the load on the bishop at the end of the year) they have also emphasized more that tithing settlement is a declaration, not an accounting presumably so that people don't wait to schedule their tithing settlement until they have paid all their tithing (these are my words and my interpretation of the motives, not something explicitly stated by CHQ).
catmulls wrote:There is a declaration list that says it can be printed but when we try that it has all of the members on it and so our Bishop cannot present that to a member or they risk seeing either the declaration or financial amounts of other members. The declaration list also did not appear to print well. It was across multiple pages and as I recall about 43 pages for our 600 members.
As an assistant clerk I don't have access to that list in LCR so I'm not sure what the printout looks like but I did just submit feedback on how another of the financial reports prints. That report includes extra page breaks that shouldn't be there so it makes a one page report 3 or 4 pages. I received a response that they are aware of that problem and are working on a fix. I wonder if this is the same problem. If so, hopefully they are rushing that fix because wards are going to want to print it very, very soon.
catmulls wrote:We would have to keep printing it as members move in/out over the next 2 months.
I don't see why you'd need to reprint it. If someone moves out it doesn't matter. They won't be on the online list when the bishop (or ward clerk) enters the declarations in January. If someone moves in, the bishop can hand write them in when he visits with them. When the declarations are entered (based on the printout) there may be a few undeclared members (who moved in and didn't come to tithing settlement). But I expect you can then filter by those who haven't been declared so the bishop can easily enter those declarations. You could do that in MLS at least.