Can I Claim A Deduction For Charity Volunteer Work?
If you do volunteer work for a qualified organization, the following questions
and answers may apply to you.
I do volunteer work 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization.
The receptionist is paid $6 an hour to do the same work I do. Can I deduct $36
a week for my time?
No, you cannot 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 the qualified organization where you are a volunteer. If you dont want
to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile.
I volunteer as a Red Cross nurses aide at a hospital. Can I deduct
the cost of uniforms that I must wear?
Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital
is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use,
and you must wear them when volunteering.
I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I do volunteer work for
a qualified organization. Can I deduct these costs?
No, you cannot deduct payments for child care expenses as a charitable contribution,
even if they are necessary so you can do volunteer work for a qualified organization.