Blood and Guts

Today TaxMama hears from Larry from North Carolina says, “I donated blood to the Red Cross 6 times this year.  I know I can’t deduct the value of my time but can I deduct the value of the blood?  Red Cross sells my blood for $85-$250/unit.”


Dear Larry , What an interesting idea.

I don’t know.

And frankly, your blood’s value is priceless. What a kind man you are.

Aw shucks, IRS’s Publication 526, which discusses charitable contributions has already anticipated your question:

Under things you cannot deduct, IRS includes
You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including:
Blood donations to the Red Cross or to blood banks,

Look it up:
http://www.irs.gov/publications/p526/ar02.html#d0e1042

Too bad.

But, remember, you’ll find answers about lots of information about donations and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At TaxMama.com

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