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The ATM in the Church Lobby

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More and More we are seeing the church goer with less money that folds and more money that swipes.  One of the new rules enacted by the IRS is a record of charitable giving under $250.  In response some churches have placed ATM's in their church to provide a paper trail.

The ATM in the Church Lobby
By Rita Healy/Denver

The article made these observations:

  • ATM machines are already present in some houses of worship
  • They become commonplace
  • Helps vouch for donations for IRS purpose
  • Many congregations currently  accept credit and/or debit cards and automatic checking account withdrawals
  • Parishoner's can swipe a credit card, receive a printed receipt, which they can either save for the IRS or plunk into the collection basket with a flourish
  • Many people don't carry cash
  • Congregations that have them have experienced increased contributions

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