From meal delivery for seniors, to visiting AIDS patients in hospitals, to bringing at-risk kids to the great outdoors, volunteers are literally at the wheel for thousands of nonprofits they support. And it's often in their own cars with gas money coming out of their own pockets.
But with gas prices on the rise, it is getting harder and harder for volunteers to afford to help drive for local nonprofits. Historically, one way they can make getting involved pencil out is to deduct their gas costs.
But check this out: While employees of a nonprofit can deduct 50 cents per mile, volunteers can only deduct 14 cents per mile for charitable driving. Even if it's for the exact same project!
A lack of tax deductions often prevent otherwise eager volunteers from helping out the millions of people around the nation who are in need. However, the Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act aims to fix that problem. It would amend the charitable mileage rate to an amount that would actually allow volunteers to effectively contribute their time and compassion.
There are thousands of volunteers out there working with nonprofits diligently to save our world. It is only right that they receive a little help in doing so. Tell your Congress person to pass the Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act.
Dear Congress member,
It is getting increasingly tougher for people who care to pay out of pocket for the gas they use when they volunteers. With the minimal tax cuts currently in place, volunteers simply cannot afford to lend their time and effort. However, H.R. 387: Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act of 2011 would change all of that.
It would increase the current charitable driving tax rate of a meager 14-cent per mile. With this act in place, people could feel good about saving the world without hurting their bank accounts.
(Your Comments Here)
This increase in tax-deduction rate would be great for everyone involved. I urge to to pass the Charitable Driving Tax Relief Act of 2011.
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