Re: Tax deductable cookies?
Tracy Branigan (TABranigan@AOL.COM)
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 14:31:02 -0500
We have been told by council that 50% of the total purchase price is
tax-deductible. (of the $3.00 the cookies cost in our council, $1.50 is tax
deductible). For our troop, when we have cookie booths and when we deliver
cookies, each girl has receipts available. Also, the cancelled check is a
good receipt. Some people prefer to pay by check. When they do, we have
them make it out to the council, so the troop is not responsible for chasing
people down for bounced checks.
Also, every council is different on the amount of money that goes to each
troop. There are two different bakers of girl scout cookies, and each has a
different scale. In our council, anywhere from $.50 to $.60 per box goes to
the troop (depending upon the average boxes sold per girl), $.60 goes to the
baker and the rest stays in council to pay for scholarships for camps,
maintaining the camps and salaries for the council employees. Despite all
the bad press cookie sales receive, I think it is a worthwhile cause - if it
is done right. We had a troop near here (different council) that received
all kinds of press because they were boycotting cookie sales. Their council
handles cookies sales different and because of that, some of our girls found
it hard to sell cookies this year.
Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox - probably more information you than you
GSUSA Troop 1370
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