My motives were not entirely self less. I intended to get something out of it, although it will not come back to me until it is time for my taxes to be paid next year. Since I started running my own business I have become more and more acutely aware of what I pay in taxes. In fact I used to do a lot of simple jobs that I no longer do, or at least I will not do them on the book. Say for instance you want to have your plantation shutters taken down and replaced. It is a nothing job that you could do with no help from me, but you might have better things to do with your time. You just flat out might not want to do it. When I started out I would do stuff like that all of the time, but then I got to realizing that there was too much overhead involved in little jobs like that, particularly you have to figure out what you end up paying in income taxes to the state and the Federal government.
This is in theory a really big job and when I got done the church wrote me out a check. I donated it right back to them and they gave me a receipt. That did not make a lot of sense to me, but that is the way that you have to do it. Of course for me that receipt is worth more than the check would have been. When you think about it the check is what I get to share with the government, both the state of North Carolina and the United States of America. By giving it back to the church I get to write off the full amount of it off my taxes.