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If a charitable organization offers a lifetime membership, which would otherwise not be deductible because related current and future tangible benefits approximate the cost, is any part of the membership paid in year one deductible if the membership is given up in year four?
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Tax Professional: PDtax, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 11 months ago
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Tax Professional: PDtax, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 11 months ago
Can you tell me about the membership?
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago

Organization is a 501 (c)(3). Membership benefits represent quarterly dinners at approximately $15 value. Annual membership costs $50. Lifetime is $500.

Tax Professional: PDtax, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 11 months ago

I believe the affirmative step of donating the remaining membership back to the group is a qualifying donation of the remaining value.

Perhaps $450, or a similar value, is the present fair value you could claim as a deduction.

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