Specifically, I KNOW that tithing and fast offering donations are non-refundable, but what about payments to a specific missionary sub account or "other" accounts?
For example, we have an "Other" [I think now it is called "Authorized something or other"... it used to be just "Other:Scout Camp" ) account called scout camp. Because of a miscommunication, both the wife and the husband make a payment for their sons scout camp. It seems like it would be okay to refund the money?
And then, what about missionary sub-accounts? I saw this today:
Alan_Brown wrote:I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that the non-refundable nature of the donations is the key point.
In the past I've heard that the ward missionary account is non-refundable, but what about donations made to a sub-account under ward missionary, e.g. "Elder Smith"?
For example, what if a family (divorced parents + extended family) contributes more than $400/month on average and the missionary comes home and there is still money in the sub-account?
I know in the past this has happened in our ward, however, ward members contributed most of the funds and thus the extra was transferred to the "Ward Missionary" account.
What happens if the ward doesn't contribute any funds and the amount left in the sub-account after the missionary returns home was 100% paid by the family? (cases where this could happen would be if the extended family isn't keeping track of who is paying what amounts or the payments come in spurts and near the end of the mission a family member pays more money than what is needed).
In trying to keep an objective view about it, I feel like I can see both sides: sometimes extended families don't talk and it is likely that individuals from out-of-state wouldn't know the status of how much money has been contributed...so a large payment near the end of the mission would likely cause this issue and an overpayment would be likely in this situation (especially if the money comes in spurts).
Anyhow, the only thing I've heard is that "it is up to the Bishop". Is there any further guidance in these cases? (E.g. something in the handbook?)