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Deducting Miles for Charitable Volunteering
Posted By Jim On 03/03/2009 @ 6:51 am In Taxes | 5 Comments
Starting next week I’ll be volunteering every Tuesday morning in the kitchen at the local Howard County Meals on Wheels  facility. It’s less than five miles away one-way but I still wanted to research how to claim the driving mileage on my taxes to reduce my tax burden as much as possible. At ten miles a week and 52 weeks, we’re only looking at 520 miles for the entire year. The deduction for 2008 was $0.14 a mile (IRS standard mileage rates ), so we’re only talking a $72.80 deduction… but every bit helps!
This is what you need to do to determine whether you can claim it and what you need to do to document it (this is all covered in IRS Publication 526 ):
I had hoped the value of a mile driven for charity would be equal to that of one driven for business (over fifty cents!), but it’s not. It does make some sense though, money isn’t the motivation for volunteering, unlike business, so we should be happy we can deduct anything at all!
(Photo: jacobwlester )
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 Howard County Meals on Wheels: http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/about_us/Howard_County
 IRS standard mileage rates: http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/article/0,,id=156624,00.html
 IRS Publication 526: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html
 five “qualified organization” types: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#en_US_publink100049601
 jacobwlester: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacobwlester/396623135/sizes/s/
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