So, You’re Volunteering to Help Your Favorite Charity…

You can’t deduct the value of your services, but you should be able to deduct whatever out-of-pocket costs you incur.  Such costs must be:

  • unreimbursed
  • directly connected to your services
  • incurred only because of the services you provided, and
  • not personal living or family expenses.

Your volunteer work must be on behalf of a qualified (i.e.-tax exempt) charity.  And your expenses can include travel by air, car, rail or bus.  Not to mention meals and lodging.  See IRS Publication 526 for more details.