How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Lev Your Own Question
Lev, Tax Advisor
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 28081
Experience:  Taxes, Immigration, Labor Relations
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Lev is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

is sponsoring an athlete tax deductible

Customer Question

If i sponsor an athlete (i.e. a track athlete training for the Olympics) is it a tax write off?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.

Unfortunately - no.

Only gift to the eligible charitable organization may be deducted on your tax return.

The IRS provides that a gift to a specific person or the gift that benefits a specific person is not deductible.

For a recipient of the gift - does not need to claim it as income. Please see for reference IRS publication 525 page 30 -

The donor would be required to file a gift tax returns if the gift amount is above $12,000 per person per year (for 2007). There will not be any gift tax unless lifetime limit of $1,000,000 is reached.

Lev, Tax Advisor
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 28081
Experience: Taxes, Immigration, Labor Relations
Lev and 2 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to LEV's Post: so if i read that a business sponsoring an athlete can be written off as a business expense, is that incorrect
Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.

If you provide a specific source - I would examine it.

Thus, see for reference IRS publication 526 page 6 -

You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
hello, i don't think i was specific enough with my question... let me try more detail...
if i have a business, and the business sponsors an athlete, can that be written off as a business expense (tax write off) sorry i wasn't clearer before
thank you
Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.

If "the business sponsors an athlete" means - a gift to an athlete - the answer is no - that is not a business expense. You may find in the IRS publication 535 information which business expenses are deductible. -

If that means that the business paid to the athlete for services - for instance advertisement - that would be legit business expenses.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i'm sorry, i didnt scroll down so i didnt see the answer below my original question
here is the source... is it garbage?

Companies are often a better market for finding a sponsor, rather than individuals. Companies have the opportunity to take a deduction on the sponsorship as a business expense, whereas it is often difficult for individuals to get a tax write-off. Thus, your efforts towards finding a sponsor should focus on companies, rather than individuals.
;) last reply, thank you :)
Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.

The article you referenced above may not be used as a ground for deductions and might be misleading

Corporations allowed to deduct charitable contributions on form 1020 line 19 - , however sponsoring an athlete or a sport team may is not deductible as charitable contribution.

Please also see instructions pages 10-11 for details about rules of deducting charitable contributions. - More details are in the IRS publication 526 mentioned above. - - please see page 2

Not Deductible As Charitable Contributions - Money or property you give to:

  • Civic leagues, social and sports clubs, labor unions, and chambers of commerce
  • Iindividuals

Charitable contributions may not be deducted as business expenses. To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business, trade, or profession. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business, trade, or profession. It is unlikely that sponsoring an athlete or a sport team met definition of business expenses. - see IRS publication 583 page 9 -

Unless the sport is a field of business - the only way I may suggest for deduction is advertisement.

Sorry if the answer disappointed you.

Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.
Please also be aware that the domain you referenced is registered in Canada -
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
oh absolutely not a disappointment
actually glad that i could get a straight answer from someone for once.
thank you so much for taking the time and being so thorough.
you were a great help! :)
Expert:  Lev replied 8 years ago.
Appreciate you for accepting the answer - I wish you the best.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Previous | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA

Meet The Experts:

  • Wallstreet Esq.

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    10 years experience
< Last | Next >
  • Wallstreet Esq.'s Avatar

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    10 years experience
  • Mark D's Avatar

    Mark D

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues
  • Richard's Avatar


    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.
  • Robin D.'s Avatar

    Robin D.

    Senior Tax Advisor 4

    Satisfied Customers:

    15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor
  • Megan C's Avatar

    Megan C

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
  • jgordosea's Avatar


    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.
  • R. Klein, EA's Avatar

    R. Klein, EA

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 20 Years experience