Re: Tax Deductibility?
Fri, 27 Oct 1995 00:54:03 -0400
> Mr. Miller Sr. writes that contributions to Troops, etc. are not
> deductible unless made throught a sponsoring org (church, etc)
> that is IRS-legal as a charitable org. I don't have my 1040
> instructions in front of me but I know that I deduct a
> considerable amount for "contributions" in the form of uniforms,
> mileage, and other out-of-pocket expenses, and that the
> instructions specifically include Scouts in the list of examples.
Having been a tax practitioner for several years, and having prepared many
a scouter's tax return, I am qualified to answer this question. Boy Scouts of
America is a nonprofit organization, therefore contributions made to BSA are
deductible. This includes monetary donations (less the value of any benefit
received, i.e., popcorn or dinner), contributions of property (fair market
mileage (currently $.12/mile (or actual gas & oil expenses) + tolls and parking
fees), uniforms, and other unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses. Keep records!!
For more in-depth information, see IRS Publication 526, Charitable
BSA T-105 committee member
(sister of 4 Eagle Scouts)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City