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I signed my 11 year old daughter up for a summer camp that is run by a 501(c)(3) organization. The organization does other things besides the camp. They state that 60% of the registration amount is considered a tax-deductible donation. Is this possible?

The closest thing I found on the IRS site seemed to be school tuition/daycare, where "You can't deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. You also can't deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation.” Thoughts?

Not the most desirable way to handle it. If the tuition/fees/registration are greatly inflated, so that the 40% you don't deduct would approximate comparable amounts elsewhere, it would be defensible, I suppose. It would be preferable to separately state the fees from any donated amounts. The most common place you see deductions on a percentage basis is at charitable orgs' dinner events, where either a stated dollar amount or a percentage is shown as nondeductible.

Bill
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