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Updated on July 8, 2020

Charitable Contributions — an interesting case

A woman used her own money to care for feral cats that she fostered in her home for a pet-related charity, paying for vet bills, food and other items. She incurred her expenses while providing volunteer services to a tax-exempt organization and the tax court agreed with this position. However, to deduct payments of $250 or more, one must have a contemporaneous acknowledgment from the charity in writing. Since the woman did not have any such statement from the tax-exempt organization for her large expenses, she could not deduct those costs. (Van Dusen, 136 TC No.25)

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