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Plus... Volunteer Deductions

Whether it’s coaching Pop Warner or raising money for the local food bank, large numbers of Americans serve as volunteers every year.

If you volunteer, you may wonder if you can deduct the value of your services. Unfortunately, the answer is “no.” However, various out-of-pocket expenses are potentially deductible as charitable contributions:

  • Gas, oil, and other unreimbursed auto expenses you incur while performing services for a charity (Alternatively, you can deduct 14 cents per mile, plus tolls and parking.)
  • Costs associated with traveling or entertaining others on a charity’s behalf
  • The cost of uniforms worn while volunteering, provided they aren’t suitable for general use

You must itemize to claim a deduction for charitable contributions.

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