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bernardzoo
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I gave my church donations for my children to attend conferences, it that deductible?

I wrote checks to my church for my children to attend various youth conferences. Is that considered a charitable donation?

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Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

I gave my church donations for my children to attend conferences, it that deductible?

Unfortunately, no. This is from Pub 17:

Conventions.   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight in connection with the convention. However, see Travel , later.

  You can't deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. You also can't deduct transportation, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children.

   You can't deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention.

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