The Zeitgeist Corporation
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Provide Hope and Opportunity for the Homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
     Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to make a direct " personal "contribution to helping the
homeless, the following web sites are available where you may find volunteer


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Tax Breaks for Charity Volunteers

If you volunteer your time for a charity, you may qualify for some tax breaks.
Although no tax deduction is allowed for the value of services performed for
a charity, there are deductions permitted for out-of-pocket costs incurred
while performing the services. The normal deduction limits and substantiation
rules also apply. The following are some examples:
  • away-from-home travel expenses while performing services for a charity,
  • including out-of-pocket round-trip travel cost, taxi fares, and other costs
  • of transportation between the airport or station and hotel, plus lodging
  • and meals at 100 percent. These expenses are only deductible if there
  • is no significant element of personal pleasure associated with the travel,
  • or if your services for a charity do not involve lobbying activities;  the cost of
  • entertaining others on behalf of a charity, such as wining and dining
  • a potential large contributor (but the cost of your own entertainment or
  • meal is not deductible);
  • if you use your car while performing services for a charitable organization,
  • you may deduct your actual unreimbursed expenses directly attributable to
  • the services,such as gas and oil costs, or you may deduct a flat 14 cents
  • per mile for the charitable use of your car. You may also deduct parking fees
  • and tolls; and  you can deduct the cost of the uniform you wear when doing
  • volunteer work for the charity, as long as the uniform has no general utility.
  • The cost of cleaning the uniform can also be deducted.
No charitable deduction is allowed unless the contribution is substantiated with a
written acknowledgment from the charitable organization. To verify your
contribution: get written documentation from the charity about the nature of your
volunteering activity and the need for related expenses to be paid. For example,
 if you travel out of town as a volunteer, request a letter from the charity explaining
why your presence is needed a the out-of-town location; you should submit a
statement of expenses if you are out-of-pocket for substantial amounts preferably
a copy of the receipts to the charity and arrange for the charity to acknowledge in
writing the amount of the contribution; and maintain detailed records of your
out-of-pocket expenses—receipts plus a writtenrecord of the time, place, amount,
and charitable purpose of the expense.
Please call this office if you have questions related to your charitable volunteering