Re: Scouting-related Expenses Are Tax Deductable
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 11:30:00 -0600
>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.
>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."
The IRS has a set of tables based on income levels that a computer program
uses to trigger audits. The content of these tables, to the best of my
knowledge, is not published. Nonetheless, it is accepted "knowledge" that
if your total deductions (line 28 on Schedule A) exceed 35% of your gross
income (line 31 on Form 1040) you are getting near the trigger point.
This does not mean that you should not claim valid deductions if you go over
this level. I know of a Scouter who one year had Scout related deductions
that were more than 100% of his gross income because of unemployment for
most of the year. He put them all down. Yes, he was audited. All his
deductions were approved during the audit.
As long as you are honest and keep good records, you should have nothing to
fear in listing all your Scout related deductions.
T. N. T.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City