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Church event: Missionaries from a local charitable group

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Church event: Missionaries from a local charitable group come to town; we take them to lunch. Deductible? Why/Why not?
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No the cost of the lunch is not deductible. It was not paid as an expense in doing the service of a qualified organization. That is a personal expense and not allowed.

You may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. The amounts must be: Unreimbursed,

Directly connected with the services,

Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and

Not personal, living, or family expenses.

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