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Subject:  Can Dues Be a Charitable Contribution? Date:  10/23/2012  8:17 AM
Author:  Earble Number:  116829 of 130022

Hi, all --

I'm looking for some guidance to answer a question I was asked the other day.

I handle the contributions for a small choral group to which I belong, a 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. I record the donation, send the requisite "no goods or services..." letter to the donor, then send the check to the treasurer to record and deposit.

Last year, we started asking for dues from singers to defray costs. If someone cannot afford the dues, they are not required to pay. Can these dues be considered a tax-deductibe charitable contribution to the organization? I can see the answer both ways.

Thanks for any insights you can provide.

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