Frequently Asked Questions

about MEA GST

These are some of the most commonly asked questions about relevant to Churches.
If you can’t see an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Claiming GST from MEA Payments

Q.  How do we claim back the GST from the MEA account expense?

If you are entering the a reimbursement of GST from the MEA Liability account.

  1. Allocate the total of the expense (GST on Expenses) from the MEA Liability account.
  2. Allocate the GST component to the MEA Liability Account  (BAS Excluded)
  3. Allocate the GST to “GST refunds” or “GST recovered from MEA Account” as a negative figure (BAS Excluded)
  4. Make payment to reimburse the staff member for the total of the expense (unless a direct debit to the account).

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Q.  How do we account for the GST component if the expenses have already been entered & paid?

If the expense has been paid and debited to the MEA Liability account as BAS Excluded already then you need to record the GST component only. Produce a bill for $0.

  1. Allocate the GST x 10 to the GST account (GST on Expenses)
  2. Allocate the GST x 10 to the GST account as negative figure (BAS Excluded)
  3. Allocate the GST amount as a negative figure to “GST Refund” account or “GST recovered from MEA Account”

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Q.  What if the benefit of the GST component of his MEA expenses is given to the minister?

If the parish has decided to give the minister the benefit of the GST component of his MEA expenses you will need to enter the MEA payment showing the GST component.  Then transfer the GST amount from the main account to the MEA account.

  1. Allocate to the MEA Liability account the expense that has incurred GST as (GST on expenses)
  2. Allocate to the MEA Liability account the expense without GST  (GST free expenses)
  3. Transfer the GST amount eg $ 46.03 from main account to the MEA account.

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