Do you plan to travel for a church mission trip or other charity work this summer? Some travel expenses may help lower your taxes if you itemize deductions when you file next year. Here are five tax tips Clergy Financial Resources wants you to know about travel while serving a charity. 1. You must volunteer to work for a qualified organization. Ask the charity about its tax-exempt status. 2. You may be able to deduct unreimbursed travel expenses you pay while serving as a volunteer. You can’t deduct the value of your time or services. 3. The deduction qualifies only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation or vacation in the travel. 4. You can deduct your travel expenses if your work is real and substantial throughout the trip. You can’t deduct expenses if you only have nominal duties or do not have any duties for significant parts of the trip. 5. Deductible travel expenses may include:
- Air, rail and bus transportation
- Car expenses
- Lodging costs
- The cost of meals
- Taxi fares or other transportation costs between the airport or station and your hotel
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This article is intended to provide readers with guidance in tax matters. The article does not constitute, and should not be treated as professional advice regarding the use of any particular tax technique. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information. Clergy Financial Resources and the author do not assume responsibility for any individual’s reliance upon the information provided in the article. Readers should independently verify all information before applying it to a particular fact situation, and should independently determine the impact of any particular tax planning technique. If you are seeking legal advice, you are encouraged to consult an attorney.
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