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?I'll let the pros chime in, but it sounds to me that your wife did receive something of value in return for the cost of the ticket; but for whatever reason she was unable to benefit from that value. Analogous to them giving you a toaster in return for the cost of the ticket; even if you didn't want and never used the toaster, you still received something of value.
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