Rental Donation

Today TaxMama hears from Brian in Georgia with an interesting proposition.
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“We have a second home (cabin) where our family hangs out from time to time but it is not on a rental program of any kind.
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If I were to donate a week or two to a charity for fundraising, could I write off those weeks as charitable contributions?
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Dear Brian,

What a terrific and generous idea!

And whoever gets to use it will really enjoy this donation.
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What do you get as a charitable contribution?

Not a thing.

It’s kind of the same concept as donating your time. You can donate 30 hours a week of your very valuable time – time for which others might pay $100 per hour, even more. Your deduction for donating that valuable time would be – nothing.
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IRS Publication 526 – Charitable Contributions

But you will get a lot of personal satisfaction…and a bit of damage to the property if people are careless or thoughtless. Most won’t be.

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