I am retired (63) and am collecting survivor's benefit.
In early 2009, I started a prison ministry whereby I send rosary kits and such to various prisons. While some of the rosaries I send have been donated to me, I have paid for postage for mailing them off, xeroxing, and other pamphlets that I send with the rosary kits.
In 1-1/2 years, my out-of-pocket expenses have amounted to a modest sum (probably $500) but I am not sure until I do a review.
I get nothing for my ministry as my rosaries are sent to the prisons as a gift.
Can I deduct my out-of-pocket expenses? I live in WA state.
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:08 am
coaster Senior Advisor
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With records showing your expenses, of course.
You deduct it as a charitable contribution. I would do it as gifts to the ministries of the each and various prisons, since if you deduct it as a whole you'll be over the threshold where an itemized receipt from the recipient is required.
More on the IRS web site: search "charitable contribution deductions"