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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JBSurfs, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. JBSurfs

    JBSurfs LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 25

    So, there is a benefit for a local family where the son has a medical problem and the church is having a meal and yardsale and silent auction. I contacted them and donated my services for their auction.

    Now, I'd do this anyway because even though I don't know them, I feel sorry for their situation. But, on top of that, it is work a little marketing to me.

    My question is, would I be able to consider this a donation for tax purposes? Anyone know how that works? This is not an organized charity, but a church trying to help out a family? Any ideas on that? My costs or my price?

    I'm doing this regardless, just wondering if since I've already committed, if there is anything business-tax-wise for me. Anyone had a similar experience?
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Yea, the org has to be. ummmm. something on the house floor. I for get the numbers. other than that it's NOT a deduction.

    I almost got involved in an auction once. But where we service I could just see some one with a 5000 acre farm as the winning bid......

    If you want to give away your services, that's GREAT. dont do it for the tax break.
    do it because you want too. and TRUST ME. with out trying, advertisement will spread like wild fire....

    Best of luck
  3. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Not 100% sure, but if you donate your time (mowing) you cannot deduct that. Donating time is just like volunteering. But if you donate bags of fertilizer or seed you can deduct the cost of goods.
  4. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,118

    If it is a silent auction, I would just make a donation. I have done silent auctions and typically the amount generated for the charity was much less than if I had donated a few,hundred dollars. For example we donated weekly cutting for upto a 30k lawn for the season. The silent auction made about 200 for our 25 services. It doesn't feel like the charity benefited much from your donation but the person that won it is getting a deal.
  5. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,098

    I'm with him.
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  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    As far as the tax write off, I could be wrong but I believe you can only take miles going to and from a volunteer position.

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