Volunteer Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services

Per IRS Publication 526, pages 5 and 6:

Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services

Although you can't deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, 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.

You can report volunteer expenses as cash charitable contributions in the TaxAct program, and the program will transfer the amounts to 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 top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Itemized or Standard Deductions dropdown, then click Charitable contributions.
  3. Continue with the interview process until you reach the screen titled Enter your 2021 cash contributions, then click the data entry field and type the amount.

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