Volunteer travel costs summary
The IRS just released tips on deducting costs of volunteer travel for charity. Here’s a quick summary,
- You can’t deduct the value of your services. But you can deduct some out-of-pocket costs.
- You must be traveling for a qualified charity.
- There’s no deduction if a significant part of the trip is for recreation or vacation.
- You can deduct if you work is substantial throughout the trip.
- Deductible expenses can include air, rail, bus and car expenses, lodging, meals, airport transportation, etc.
For more details
We’ve written much more about volunteer travel costs at our Volunteers and Taxes page, where you can find FAQs and hundreds of visitor questions and answers.
Use CharityCheck101.org to find whether a group is a qualified charity.
Read the full IRS tips document.