Project Medishare | What volunteering in Haiti means to the IRS in terms of deductions
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What volunteering in Haiti means to the IRS in terms of deductions

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New volunteers pass bags down the line to unload the truck full of luggage and supplies. Those volunteering in Haiti will be able to deduct travel expenses they incurred during their volunteer trip. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

While the IRS will not allow volunteers to deduct the value of their services given to a qualified organization, volunteers may be able to deduct some amounts they paid  in giving services to organizations like Project Medishare.

Volunteers may deduct travel expenses associated with volunteering with an organization. If a Project Medishare volunteer paid for a plane ticket to get from their home city to Miami to catch the Project Medishare flight to Port-au-Prince then the cost of that plane ticket would be tax-deductible. If they had to take a taxi from home to the airport or maybe they flew into Ft. Lauderdale and took a taxi or bus to Miami International, those cab fares would be tax-deductible.

For more information on how to deduct your volunteer expenses click here.

If you have volunteered with Project Medishare and need a letter of participation for your tax records send your name, address, dates of deployment, and hours worked to Project Medishare’s Accountant and Office Administrator Kettely Joseph at