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In 2011 I purchased an airplane ticket for a February 2012 trip to do volunteer work with an IRS-approved non-profit group and I promise not to have fun while I'm doing it, so the deductibility of the trip will be legit.

Since the trip hadn't yet happened in 2011, can I take the deduction for the plane ticket that year? Or should I wait until the trip actually takes place and take all the deductions for it in 2012?

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