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Volunteers' Questions and Answers

 

If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. All of the rules explained in this publication also apply. See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services .

 

QuestionAnswer

I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. Can I deduct $60 a week for my time?No, you can't deduct the value of your time or services.


The office is 30 miles from my home. Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips?Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to
getting to and from the place where you volunteer. If you don't
want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each
mile.

I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear?Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if
the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms aren't suitable for
everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering.

I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Can I deduct these costs?No, you can't deduct payments for childcare expenses as a
charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see Pub. 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses.)

 

Although you can't deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. The amounts must be:

  • Unreimbursed;

  • Directly connected with the services;

  • Expenses you had only because of the services you gave; and

  • Not personal, living, or family expenses.

 


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