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I am being audited for charitable contribtions on my 2010 return

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I am being audited for charitable contribtions on my 2010 return where I claimed $4,897 for expenses associated with being a Troop co-leader of Girl Scouts of America. I provided copies of about 100 receipts for out-of-pocket, unreimbursed expenses for goods to support our troop activities like camping trip supplies, snacks at meetings, investiture celebrations, craft supplies at our bi-weekly meetings, etc. Only 4 of te receipts were slightly over $250. I never informed Girl Scouts of my expenses, thus never got a receipt from them for these donations. Because I did not provide the IRS with a receipt from Girl Scouts dated PRIOR to the due date of the 2010 return, they are denying my deduction 100%. How would you advise me to provide additional documentation to get the deduction. Clearly it is past the due date of the return so is it even worth asking Girl Scouts to verify my expenses?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Finance
Expert:  Megan C replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question, and thanks for using JustAnswer.com.

Unfortunately, you're in a situation where the IRS is correct. You needed to have a letter dated by the due date of the return from the charity confirming any donation over $250. Since you did not have that letter, the IRS will disallow the deduction.

So, in my opinion, it's not worth asking the girl scouts for verification because they are not going to write you a letter and back date it nearly two years ago.

You can CLICK HERE for IRS guidance on this topic.

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Expert:  Megan C replied 3 years ago.
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