Monday, March 3, 2014

Lodging at the Elks Clubs

Q.  Are Elks and Moose Lodge camping fees income tax deductible?  

Instead of calling it a camping fee, most lodges ask for a "donation" to the lodge to stay in their RV spaces.

A.  I've answered this question in the past, but since it is so timely, decided to re-post this question.  Since you are receiving a benefit from the "donation," the answer is no.  It is similar to going to a big benefit dinner. When you purchase the ticket, you will usually receive a letter saying the cost of the meal is $30, and therefore only $70 of your $100 ticket is considered a charitable deduction.

Without a letter confirming the value of your "donation" and specifying the amount of the benefit received, the IRS will not allow the deduction on Schedule A of your tax return.