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What we all forgot to state was that this is not a "run-of-the-mill" charitable contribution question, and that if PosNetWorth is concerned about the correct treatment of each of the possible deduction/income items, she should seek paid, professional advice. Reliance on the free, albeit high quality, advice given on this board provides no protection if we are wrong.

I just thought it might be interesting to ask a question that wasn't run-of-the-mill.

In response to some other details,

-- I went out on Thursday and returned on Monday morning; the ride met at 6 am Sat. for team pictures and went through dinner Sunday.

-- The bike box seems to be essential for the bicycle-riding component of, well, a fund-raising bike ride. My other option might have been renting a bike, although it may have been a challenge.

Thanks for the advice. I hadn't really thought before to deduct anything other than my own contribution, and this shows that it might be appropriate to talk to someone with tax expertise. Since I also screwed things up with our dependent care flexible-spending account this year as well, I think I'll make a mental note that this is not the year to rely on TaxCut or TurboTax.

-- Laura
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