Maxine Aaronson, Attorney at Law
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Tax Newsletter

  • Reporting Rental Income and Expenses
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines rental income to include any payment received as a result of the use or occupancy of property. Vacation homes, condominiums, mobile homes, boats, and even portions of property may be a source... Read more.
  • Reasonable Cause for Nonpayment of Income Taxes
    When a taxpayer fails to file a tax return or to pay a tax that is due, the IRS will impose a penalty. However, a taxpayer will be excused from paying the penalty for failure to file or pay if he or she shows that there was reasonable... Read more.
  • Luxury Water Travel and Business Expenses
    It is common to conduct business on luxury travel vessels such as ocean liners and cruise ships. However, only in certain situations are some or all business expenses related to this type of travel deductible. Luxury... Read more.
  • Avoid the Reciprocal Trust Doctrine When Creating Life Insurance Trusts
    Estate planning attorneys utilize a number of different estate planning techniques to accomplish the goals of their clients and sometimes to minimize transfer taxes. One common estate planning technique is the transfer of assets into an... Read more.
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Volunteer Work and Tax Deductions

You may be able to deduct certain expenses that are related to volunteer services offered to a qualified charitable organization. However, these services should not have been reimbursed or used for personal reasons.

Tax-Deductible Expenses

  • Uniforms – You may deduct the cost of a uniform if it is not suitable for everyday use but must be worn when providing a charitable service.
  • Travel – As long as the travel is not for personal pleasure, you may be able to deduct expenses such as the cost of gas or tickets for transportation.
  • Church deacon supplies – If you are chosen as a candidate for or are an ordained deacon, items such as vestments and books may be tax deductible.
  • Conventions – If you are a chosen representative for a charitable organization and must provide services that require overnight stays, meals and lodging may be deductible.
  • Caring for a foster child – If you are a foster parent, you may be able to deduct money spent for providing for the well-being of a foster child, as long as you are not providing foster care for profit.
  • Assisting underprivileged youth –Your expenses connected with helping certain youths who have been selected by a qualified organization to attend athletic events, movies, or dinners may be deductible.

Non Tax-Deductible Expenses

  • The value of the time of your volunteer services.
  • A contribution that you have made to a non-qualified organization.
  • A contribution or service for which you receive a benefit in return.
  • Your personal expenses that are not directly related to charitable services.

In order to deduct any qualified expenses related to charitable contributions or services, you should retain receipts for the expenses. Also, it would be advisable that you consult a tax attorney to determine what items you may or may not actually be able to deduct.