Pay Your Tithing Online

tithing slip

UPDATE: PLEASE READ We’ve been contacted by the Church Donations Department and asked to remove the links to the Electronic Donation Information form, among other things. This method of payment apparently wasn’t intended to be used by the general membership of the Church.

If you are currently or are interested in paying your tithing through this method, please contact the Church Donations Department by calling 801-240-2554 or emailing donations@ldschurch.org to see if you can continue/start using this method.

Thanks, The MLH Team

tithing slipSince I don’t have a fixed income or pay schedule, the following method makes things really easy for me to pay tithing and other offerings, and billpay deducts the amount from my account, the day it is sent. For those with a fixed income and paycheck schedule, you can setup your billpay to make these payments automatically for you, without any effort. Just make sure you schedule the payment for a day or two after your check is direct deposited.

4 Easy Steps To Paying Your Tithing Online:

1. Download the official church Electronic Donation Information form (link removed, see above update), fill it out (make sure to get your membership number right), save it and attach it to an email addressed to donations@ldschurch.org. I just put a short note in the email saying “here’s our electronic donation information form, so we can pay via billpay.” After a few days you’ll get an email back that says essentially “you’re now ready to make Church donations electronically through Billpay,” and will probably include a very long version of what follows.

How to setup billpay for lds church tithing donations

2. Now all you need to do is setup your Billpay for payment. You’ll need to follow these instructions precisely or your donations may not get attributed to you. You have to setup a new payee for each different type of donation you’d like to do. Put the payee or “biller” name for each new entry, as follows (according to what you want to pay for): – LDS-Tithing
– LDS-Fast Offering
– LDS-Missionary (General)
– LDS-Book of Mormon
– LDS-PEF
– LDS-Other

3. For each of the above, you’ll need to put in several key items that are the same for each: – Address:

50 East North Temple Street Room 1521 Salt Lake City, UT 84150

  • Phone: 801-240-2554
  • Account Number: your Membership Number in this format: 123-4567-8910

4. Once you have it setup, go ahead and make a payment. After several days, email the church donations people again and have them confirm that they received the payment and that it was attributed to you. If it worked, you’re good to go! Note: You cannot contribute to local fast offerings or missionary funds through this method. You’ll still need to give those donations directly to your bishop.

Update: When I added this to my Wells Fargo billpay, all I had to do was put in “LDS – Tithing” (with spaces around the dash) and the zip code in the “Pay a Company” section at the bottom of the billpay homescreen. It recognized it and offered the payee information for me. All I had to do was put in my membership number and save the payee.

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49 comments on “Pay Your Tithing Online

  1. Tevya says:

    Another Update: I've been using this method for several months now and its great! At the end of each month the church emails me with a report of all the contributions they've received for myself & my wife. It also includes the assurance that an official contributions document will be sent at the end of the year for tax purposes.

    1. sergio Orozco says:

      I just found out this through another website, why you never let us know about this option, I will try, how is everything in Saint George, we miss you, if there is anything we can do do, don't hesitate to let us know, take care, Sergio

      1. Sergio,

        Well, I just recently learned that either the Church never intended this for the general membership, or they changed their policy. Apparently too many Billpay checks were coming in as paper checks, rather than electronically, and it's overwhelmed the donations department, since they have to process all paper checks by hand, unlike when it's delivered electronically.

        Thanks to @Paul and others who have mentioned this. I'll be updating this post shortly, and possibly posting another with more information.

  2. TWiM says:

    awesome. Can't wait to try this out. Probably mention it on next weeks ThisWeekinMormons.com show if it works :D Glad we found you man, keep the good posts coming

    1. Tevya says:

      We're glad you found us too. We'll try to keep providing good stuff. We're always happy to be mentioned!

  3. nchell says:

    Members in the UK can also make donations electronically, either as one-offs or by using a Standing Order for regular payments. All categories except 'Other' can be paid electronically, and if your donating tax efficiently, Gift Aid payments can be made this way too. Contact the Area Office in Solihull for the low down…

    1. Tevya says:

      Thanks for that info. Hopefully that will be helpful for any Mormon Life Hacker's in the UK, and perhaps other places in Europe can figure out similar solutions.

  4. Kori Fisher says:

    This is just what I've been looking for ! thank you!

  5. Micah says:

    Wells Fargo asked for a 13-digit account number but membership records are only 11.

    1. Tevya says:

      Hi Micah. I use Wells Fargo myself. So I just tried it. Not sure why it thinks its supposed to be 13 (maybe put the hyphens in?), but I just did 11 and the next screen asked if I wanted to proceed with the number I entered, or enter a new number with the full 13 digits? Just tell it to continue with the 11 digit number and you should be good to go. Its the Church, not Wells Fargo that must recognize the number.

    2. Megan says:

      Micah, with the dashes in your membership record (which my email from the Church says must be included), your number will total 13 characters. Wells Fargo accepted mine just fine when I did it this way.

  6. Kevin says:

    Will this information be downloaded to your local unit's MLS? When I go in for my tithing settlement, what will show up on the statement?

    1. Tevya says:

      I don\’t believe it downloads to your local ward. However, the church will email you a statement each month, as well as an official one (I assume the same thing they\’d print in your ward) at the end of the year. You can take that with you to tithing settlement.

  7. Mike says:

    The Church is working on putting an electronic donation system in place for the US (it is already in place for many countries that don't use checks). Until that happens, the donations received at church headquarters are processed MANUALLY by church employees; similar to what a ward clerk goes through each Sunday, only on a much larger scale. For this reason, they have asked not to use this system, unless there is no other way to make your donations, at least until such time they announce they can process these automatically.

    I pay electronically by sending a 'billpay' check from my bank, made out to my ward, but sent to my own address each month. I then hand it in along with a filled out donation slip. Problem solved.

    1. Tevya says:

      Oh really? That's great they're working on that. Thanks for letting us know.

      I'm fairly certain that the billpay stuff is not being processed manually (at least not when sent from Wells Fargo, and therefore probably any other large bank or credit union). As somebody who used to work for Wells Fargo, I know that they can't have a 1 day expected payment time, unless the receiving party is setup to receive the billpay electronically. They can't grantee a printed check will go through the mail in 1 day. So maybe the church used to process manually, but now the bulk of it (all the larger banks/cu's) is electronic.

      1. Mike says:

        By "manual", I mean they must look at each incoming donation and manually match it to the appropriate membership number. It doesn't matter if the donation arrived via electronic means, or by a real check, the process still needs manual intervention to credit the right person.

        1. Tevya says:

          Ah, yeah. That makes sense.

        2. Martin says:

          It is not correct. If you use bill pay and have it correctly set up with your bank, the membership number is included on the check. When the HQ deposits the check, it is automatically assigned to your account with the Church.

    2. GJJ says:

      Members in the US are welcome to use the electronic system, but It has some drawbacks (like temple donations.) As of right now the monthly statements aren't coming out, but the computer system is being worked on. The tax statement has been sent (at the last minute.) All donations are done through billpay. Most go out electronically. Some have to be done through a "Billpay" check. The church staff are working on the other categories.

    3. theferrisoneofall says:

      Love that idea of sending it to myself! Already set it up! Thank you!

  8. celeste says:

    Yes, I also always send my tithing to myself! Thank you!

  9. Guest says:

    I've done electronic bill pay tithing from my bank (B of A) for 3 years now. I just have the mailing address as my local Bishop's, and he's okay with it. Easy breezy, automated, and no need to remember to bring the checkbook to church.

  10. miztrniceguy says:

    It seems to me the church does not have an issue with accepting tithing payments this way from anyone anywhere that chooses to. If they did, wouldn't they ask someone why they wanted to pay this way instead of traditional ways? I followed the instructions and within 24 hours got a confirmation email with all the instructions, just like in the example above.

    No questions asked. I guess they figure it's better than not paying.

  11. FAUX says:

    I AM STOKED!! I've been searching for this information and here you all are talking about having done this for years?? I'm excited!

    And it's true… To pay this for me is better than not paying at all =) SO WHY NOT!? YAYY

  12. miztrniceguy says:

    On a related note, if both husband and wife names are on the paper slip (example John and Mary Jones) how is it applied?

  13. @ihenpecked says:

    I've been doing this for more than two years and love it. People are constantly asking me for the link to the church billpay form so glad to have it here again.

  14. Lorin Lund says:

    When I first heard of on-line donations there was information posted that said it was only for people with special needs.

    Later I heard that many people were doing it and that it was OK.

    I wrote to Donations@ldschurch.org to inquire if it was in fact, intended to be limited to only people with special needs. I clearly stated that I had no reason other than personal convenience to apply but that I was interested in paying on-line. I received an e-mail saying that I didn't have to have a special need. That I was welcome to sign up and participate.

    In the rumor mill I heard that they were ramping up a technical solution. The rumor was that they thought they were ready for going public but wanted to ramp-up gradually and prove-out the whole system.

    So I signed up and used it twice.

    But since then I have been told at "Tech Friday"s that on-line payment processes has reverted to completely manual processing. The person (church employee) who told me that also mentioned that he had chosen to stop using on-line donation because of the work-load it created.

    So I sent an e-mail to Donations@ldschurch.org to inquire of the status. I stated that I had heard that things weren't going well and that I therefore had chosen to revert to local donations on paper. The reply I received said 'thank you' for reverting to paper payment. The whole thing can be seen at: http://www.parowansoftware.com/by_hand.html

  15. Marlies says:

    I knew I could find out this information online, but I didn't expect to find it from my good friend Tevya. We need to do a get together! Thanks for the help!

  16. mbatemantx says:

    Can you mix and match your tithing donations? In my case I have come into a large sum of money and would prefer the tithing on it not be processed at the ward level, so I am thinking of doing this one donation on line and my regular tithing through the ward. Will I get 2 end of year statements for taxes?

    Also wanted to let you know I just found this site, I am a regular lifehacker reader and was really excited to find the Mormon version!!!!!

    1. Tevya says:

      By mix and match you mean pay some to your bishop, and some to Church headquarters through this method: yes, you certainly can. And yes, you'll probably receive 2 different statements at the end of the year. One will be emailed to you from HQ, while the other your ward clerk will print. If it's going to be a sizable donation, I recommend making one smaller one first, just to ensure everything is setup properly. You'll know when you receive a statement for the month showing donations made.

      Glad you're excited about our site. Hope you'll come back and participate frequently. We'd love to hear any ideas for hacks that you have!

    2. Sherry Payne Terry says:

      Yes, you can "mix & match"….pay thru the ward & pay electronically. You will have 2 end of year receipts.

  17. Sherry Payne Terry says:

    Just wanted to comment on paying tithing online. We have been doing it for almost 4-5 years with great success!! I can't tell you if it is done electronically or manually but all I care about is for ME, it is done electronically. We use BOAmerica; my husband is retired & thus "his" income is fixed. We have set "his" tithing payment to pay automatically every month (day #5 of the month to make sure his military pay has deposited). My income varies from pay to pay so my tithing is set up so I enter the amount each pay day. It has been absolutely seamless. I love it & have shared the phone # & link with many. The ward clerks, etc get all freaked out over it…but so what….why would they want to sit & count tithing every Sunday??? The days of forgetting our checkbook & then paying tithing "late" because of it are over……

  18. Sherry Payne Terry says:

    BTW, failed to add to the above..we are located in the States….

  19. Paul W. says:

    @Tevya: I wrote about this on my blog ldsfriends.com and was contacted by the Church Intellectual Property department. They asked to not have this information in the public domain. I took it down at their request. Just thought I would let you know. Great site, btw!

  20. Kerry McMullin says:

    Does the church mail the year end statement for tax purposes? If yes, do you know when we should plan on receiving this?

    1. Tevya says:

      I believe they're supposed to, but I haven't received mine yet either. So its probably a good idea to email them and ask for it at this point.

      1. Tevya says:

        Correction: I did receive mine. Just hadn't noticed it. Hope you have as well.

  21. Lea says:

    Is there an update on the Church's ability to receive tithing in this manner? I can see by the comments and update at the top of the article that it was a great inconvenience on the department of the church receiving tithing that way. We have set up Bill Pay to our Bishop or ourselves (by preference of our Bishops) for over 5 years now and it has worked great; but would like to use this other way if the Church isn't overly burdened by it. What's the current word on it?

  22. Anon says:

    This still works. I just started doing it July 2012. Church accepted the request and responded promptly, no quibbling at all!

    1. Yes, we’re planning a new post about this, with updated info. They don’t mind if you do it, as long as the transfers come through electronically. If your bank mails them a check, that’s when they start to get overwhelmed, because they have to process those manually.

      1. Lupine says:

        For clarity, the end of year statement you receive, does it just state that you mad a certain number of tithing donations, or does it state the dollar amount?

        In other words, what do you bring to tithing settlement if you prefer privacy in your tithing dollar amount?

        1. If you prefer privacy, don’t bring anything. Nothing is required for tithing settlement. Normally they just take that opportunity to give you the statement. However, if you pay this way, they won’t show anything. You merely tell your Bishop that you pay directly to Church HQ, and when asked answer whether or not it is a full tithe. That’s all.

  23. Steve Summers says:

    So I don’t understand the hesitation about it being a manual process- if I give it to my local unit, the bishopric member and clerk have to enter it manually, on a Sunday afternoon, with the risk of loss or error in the processing. Given everything else that the bishopric member has to do, I’d rather someone else have to enter it manually so he can have just a few more minutes with his family. That’s what drove me to use this method- not my convenience, but the convenience of the bishopric.

    1. The problem is the Church hasn’t employed enough people to take care of this. While I agree with you in principle, the Church’s instruction and long-held tradition is that you give it to a member of your Bishopric. Plus they’re asking us not to cause that dept more work. I personally wonder if overwhelming them might encourage the Church to hurry up and develop a more permanent, modern solution? However, without more details on the whole thing, I’ll continue encouraging people to follow the instructions I was given (see the note at the top of the post). Thanks.

  24. For over a year now, I’ve been sending a check from my bank online to my bishop’s house. I have the convenience of paying online, and the financial clerk+bishopric have the convenience of reading a printed check rather than a handwritten one. I don’t have a checkbook and hope to never need one again.

    Of course, EFT (electronic funds transfer) would be even more convenient.

    Cheers,
    Brother Carroll
    Naperville Illinois Stake

  25. Mormon Hacker says:

    THE BISHOP DOES NOT NEED TO KNOW THE EXACT AMOUNT PERIOD. IT’S NON OF HIS BIZNESS ANY WAYS! HOPE THIS HELPS! IT’S BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.

  26. Aegean BM says:

    Q. If you pay directly to headquarters, do you get one tax statement? Or two?
    A. One. I’m ward finance clerk. My bishop is a multi-millionaire who bypassed the ward process to pay his tithing. In January 2013, headquarters sent us the ward’s tax statements including his. The bishop had and still has no finance info in the ward MLS.

  27. Bishop says:

    I just signed up for this service. This is the reply email that I received, instructions included, that outlines the steps needed to setup Billpay. Notice that it says that the Bishop and Ward Clerk CAN see the tithing contributions without having to bring any proof:

    You are now setup to start using the bill pay program for your donations. Please follow the instructions below to set up your bill pay with your bank. Our goal is to have your donations come over electronically. If your payees are set up incorrectly we will receive a physical check which we would like to avoid.

    Important information:

    This method only works with US Funds from United States banking institutions.
    When you initiate each donation please check and double check the amount is correct before you send the donation.
    You will receive monthly statements by email to ensure that your donations were received and allocated correctly.
    At the end of January a tax valid receipt will also be emailed for your prior years contributions.
    Please add donations@ldschurch.org to your email address book to ensure that your email statements and other correspondence are sent to your inbox rather than your spam folder.
    Your bishop and ward clerk will be able to see your donations and you should attend tithing settlement as normal.

    Step 1

    Login to your bank account online with your financial institution then select the bill pay tab and then add a new payee/bill. Your bank may ask if you are paying a company or individual choose company.

    Step 2

    Set up separate payees for each category. For example: if you want to donate to tithing and fast offering, you must setup a payee named LDS-TITHING and a separate payee named LDS-FAST OFFERING.

    Below are the exact payee names that must be used for the donation categories we accept:

    LDS-TITHING

    LDS-FAST OFFERING

    LDS-GENERAL MISSIONARY

    LDS-BOOK OF MORMON

    LDS-HUMANITARIAN

    LDS-PEF

    LDS-TEMPLE PATRON

    LDS-TEMPLE CONSTRUCTION

    These are the only categories that can be accepted electronically through bill pay. Electronic bill pay donations cannot go back to the local ward unit for Ward Missionary payments. Please leave the notes/memo section blank.

    Step 3

    Input the address and telephone. Your financial institution may auto populate the address and telephone number, if not please input this information as it appears below:

    50 East North Temple St Room 1521

    Salt Lake City, UT 84150

    801-240-2554

    If the address will not fit on the first address line, drop Room 1521 to the second address line.

    Step 4

    Input your account number. Your account number is your Church Membership Number. Your membership number is included below.

    Please input your membership number in this format: 000-0333-8304 All leading zeros and dashes are necessary.

    Step 5

    Initiate a test donation for each payee you set up and then contact the donations department by email to verify they have posted correctly. Please include your membership number in your email or just reply to this email.

    Please let us know if you need any further assistance.

    Thank you,

    LDS Donations Department

    50 East North Temple St Room 1521

    Salt Lake City, UT 84150

    801-240-2554

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