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Subject:  Re: Is this deductible? Date:  10/27/2012  5:05 PM
Author:  irasmilo Number:  116855 of 127753

I bought two tickets to a lecture given at a nonprofit botanical garden, with all proceeds going to the garden. Donations made directly to the garden are deductible. Since I attended the lecture, I got value for my ticket purchase and would not deduct that. But DW was unable to attend and thus got no value from the cost of her ticket. Can that ticket purchase be considered a straight donation to the garden and thus deductible?

If the ticket stated that only so much is a contribution and so much is the value of the lecture, then I would only deduct the identified charitable amount. While you might be able to deduct the unused goods and services value because DW didn't attend, the burden of proof would be on you to show that she didn't attend and didn't give the ticket to someone else to use.

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