Scouting-related Expenses Are Tax Deductable
Andrew Hagemann (hagemann@VISI.NET)
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 12:26:56 -0500
I just recently attended a Roundtable where one of my fellow Wood Badge
candidates told us about deducting our Scouting expenses from our
Federal income taxes. I was amazed to discover that almost everything I
did for Scouting was deductible. I've not yet taken advantage of this
opportunity, having just learned of it, but I will.
For example he told us that mileage to and from the Scout Office,
mileage to and from a Scouting activity, uniforms, Scouting supplies,
communications supplies, food bills, camping equipment, and fees are
deductible. This is not an all-inclusive list. I hope I'm whetting
your appetite so that you'll investigate this more fully.
Keep good records.
I'm now throwing all my Scouting-related receipts into a small cardboard
box that I keep in my desk. I'm also keeping a small pocket calendar in
my truck's glove box where I will write my truck's mileage figures in it
for each trip. If you pay by check write a short explanation on the
check if it's not obvious that the money is Scouting-related.
When someone asked our speaker what a reasonable deduction would be;
i.e., one that would not trigger an IRS audit, he replied "up to
one-half your annual income." I'm not advocating that percentage for I
don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to tax law, but you can
see from his reply that this is nothing to ignore.
You owe it to yourself to look into this more carefully.
Andrew Hagemann <email@example.com>
SA, Troop 6
Colonial Virginia Council
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