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berean1975
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I play guitar in church are any of my instrument costs (instrument and accessories) deductible ? I'm not on staff at church, I'm a servant volunteer .

I bought a guitar for the purpose of playing it Church, I also bought some effect pedals, and accessories all the purchases were made to use the guitar and accessories strictly for Church.  Are any or all of these deductible ?

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DDollar
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I play guitar in church are any of my instrument costs (instrument and accessories) deductible ? I'm not on staff at church, I'm a servant volunteer .

No, there is no deduction for your instruments and accessories.  If you were being paid they might be deductible depending upon whether you were considered a employee or an independent contractor.  Since your not being paid, there is no income to deduct them against.  If you gifted the instruments to the church and received a receipt you could deduct them as a charitable contribution; however, they are your personal property so there is no deduction.  In this case you'll have to settle for the satisfaction of serving.

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DDollar
Level 7

I play guitar in church are any of my instrument costs (instrument and accessories) deductible ? I'm not on staff at church, I'm a servant volunteer .

No, there is no deduction for your instruments and accessories.  If you were being paid they might be deductible depending upon whether you were considered a employee or an independent contractor.  Since your not being paid, there is no income to deduct them against.  If you gifted the instruments to the church and received a receipt you could deduct them as a charitable contribution; however, they are your personal property so there is no deduction.  In this case you'll have to settle for the satisfaction of serving.

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