Are expenses incurred for volunteer work deductible? Consider if a person is planning a church mission trip to El Salvador to help build houses, and the church will not cover the airfare. The volunteer may deduct his or her properly documented travel expenses and possibly other expenses as well. Similarly, if a person serves as a volunteer board member, his or her unreimbursed travel expenses to attend meetings and other functions may be deductible. Here are some guidelines to consider before you write off your charitable expenses.
Non-public schools have an opportunity to receive funds through the Illinois “Invest in Kids” Act, effective January 1, 2017. The Act offers an innovative way for qualified Illinois private schools to receive additional funding, for supporters of these schools to claim an income tax credit against their tax liability, and for Illinois students to receive scholarships. How can your non-public school take advantage of this opportunity?
A note to tax-exempt nonprofits: Don’t expect any answers, assistance, or audits from the IRS these days, at least until after the federal government shutdown ends.