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You may deduct certain expenses that you incur in performing volunteer work. Although you cannot deduct the value of your services, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization.

The amounts must be:

  • unreimbursed,
  • directly connected with the services,
  • expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and
  • not personal, living, or family expenses.

For more information regarding deductible charitable contributions, please review IRS Publication 526 Charitable Contributions.

You should enter these volunteer expenses as cash charitable contributions on Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions.

To enter this amount in TaxAct®:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Itemized or Standard Deductions in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, click Charitable contributions, then click Yes.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  4. On the screen titled Enter your 2020 cash contributions, enter your out-of-pocket expenses, then click Continue.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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