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How To Deduct Toll Expenses On Your Taxes

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor, San Jose, CA, TaxConnections

In this Ask a Tax Expert, our tax pro answers how to deduct tolls on your taxes. Remember, you can deduct nearly any toll as long as it’s related to business. But, what if your tolls are related to charity?

Can I Deduct Toll Expenses On Taxes?

Q. My wife volunteers for a hospice care organization. She travels there daily and pays a lot of tolls to get to some of her patients. Most of our monthly toll bill is for her volunteer work. Would we be able to deduct those from our taxes? Read more

Misguided Thinking in Washington—Tax Exempt Status

John Stancil

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch (R) recently sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. At the heart of the issue raised by Senator Hatch was his concern that many private museums should not receive 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Much of his reasoning seems to indicate a lack of understanding in regard to many of the smaller museums that dot the landscape of the United States. While not major tourist attractions, these museums do much to help preserve the history of a particular segment of our past. Many may not have wide appeal, but there frequently are a small cadre of dedicated adherents. I will, however, be the first to admit that 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may be abused by an individual seeking to shield his hobby from any tax consequences while generating a revenue stream or other tax benefits. But don’t penalize all small museums due to a few bad apples.

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Don’t Be Scammed By Fake Charities

As the end of the year approaches, you will probably be besieged by requests from charitable organizations for contributions. The holiday season is the favorite time of the year for charities to solicit donations.

But you should be aware that it is also the time of year when scammers show up in force, pretending to be legitimate charities in hopes of deceiving you into giving them your hard-earned money.

When making a donation, you should take a few extra minutes to ensure your gifts are going to legitimate charities. IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, which allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible. Read more

How To Lose Your Tax-Exempt Status

Many people, particularly those involved in 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organizations, are familiar with the process of applying to the IRS in order to receive tax-exempt status. Organizations that have obtained this status can accept tax-deductible contributions from donors. Obviously, this is critical to such organizations.

Tax-exempt status should not be taken for granted. When obtained, it is for an indefinite period. However, an organization can lose its tax exempt status, either by voluntarily surrendering it or having it revoked by the IRS. If revoked by the IRS, it may be retroactive if the church or organization omitted or misstated material facts or operated in a manner significantly different than originally represented. More frequently, however, the revocation will be effective no earlier than the date on which the organization received written notice Read more

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