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Tax Deductions for Volunteers

March/April 2004

Few are the volunteers who choose to contribute their time because of the fantastic tax breaks they receive for doing so. But the fact is, if you volunteer regularly for an organization there are some expenses you can deduct from your taxes, as long as you itemize. The deductible expenses may be treated as charitable contributions. You may, for instance, deduct:

What May You Not Deduct?

It is up to the volunteer to substantiate her/his deductions if the IRS should question them. You must be able to show the connection between costs claimed and volunteer work performed. Be sure to keep all relevant receipts, canceled checks, logs and diary entries.

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