Originally Posted by shygrneyzs
In all the years I did volunteer teaching for the American Red Cross, I was never allowed any deduction - not for travel, not for supplies, not for time. Now if I donated cash money and got a receipt, yes. I worked as a volunteer consultant for a non profit for two years and was not allowed any deductions. Hopefully the law has changed.
I understood volunteers can be paid mileage for work-related travel but its at some laughable rate like $.18/mile (don't quote me on the actual figure) when the usual rate is much higher. And work-related supplies with a receipt can be deducted too, I thought, but its really safer to turn them in for simple reimbursement. But time? Nope. I guess they figure that if you have the financial resources to be giving your time away for free, then you don't need a tax break for it?