Is volunteering tax-deductible?
February 26, 2006 7:32 PM   Subscribe

[Tax Filter] Can you deduct anything related to doing volunteer work? For example, can you deduct gas money while driving for volunteer work or can you deduct the cost of an international aid trip that you go on? Does anything like that count?
posted by phaedrus441 to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Had you googled the question "Is volunteering tax-deductible," you would have found that the answer is yes. Happy deducting!
posted by elisabeth r at 8:12 PM on February 26, 2006


You don't mention where you live, which is obviously going to have an impact on how your taxes are calculated...
posted by gwenzel at 9:11 PM on February 26, 2006


Until a CPA or tax lawyer shows up. . .

As a volunteer firefighter I am able to deduct the mileage I put on my personal vehicle while responding to and from calls and training.

An accountant advised me to maintain a log in a composition book that shows the date/time/miles driven for each call and training session.

This link from the IRS indicates that there is a deduction for use of a personal vehicle in "service of charitable organizations". You should seek advice from a professional about whether your volunteer work qualifies.
posted by mlis at 12:01 AM on February 27, 2006


Actually, you can ask the people you volunteer for whether they're a qualified charity. They're almost sure to know.

If they don't, just ask, "Are donations here tax-deductible?" They're sure to know that. If a gift of money or goods is deductible, then so is your "gift" of gasoline.
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:26 AM on February 27, 2006


The out of pocket expenses associated with your volunteering are tax deductible. The contribution of your services are generally not tax deductible.
posted by onhazier at 9:02 AM on February 27, 2006


IIRC, you can only deduct gas mileage to the location where you are doing vounteer work, not both ways.
posted by Pressed Rat at 10:02 AM on February 27, 2006


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