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denawilliamson
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Can I document face masks made and donated to healthcare workers

I made over 300 face masks for health care workers and donated them.  Can I count this as a deduction and where?
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Bsch4477
Level 15

Can I document face masks made and donated to healthcare workers

You  can only deduct out of pocket expenses for a recognized charity so if you donated to a hospital you can deduct those costs. If audited you would have to produce some documentation of your donation. Deduct as a charitable donation if you itemize. 

ThomasM125
Expert Alumni

Can I document face masks made and donated to healthcare workers

The only potential deduction associated with the donations would be as charitable contributions. However, those would have to be made to a tax exempt organization and even then, you could only deduct the cost of the materials you used to make the masks, not the value of them taking into consideration the time you spent to make them.

 

 

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Opus 17
Level 15

Can I document face masks made and donated to healthcare workers

You can deduct donations to a registered charitable organization.  A nonprofit hospital is probably a registered exempt organization, but for-profit hospitals are not. You cannot deduct donations or gifts made to individual people, even if they are deserving. The donation must be to a registered organization.  You can deduct the cost of the materials but you cannot deduct anything for the value of your time.

 

if audited, the IRS will require you to approve the cost of the materials, and to show some kind of acknowledgment from the organization that you made the donation, such as a letter.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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