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When I asked for some substantiation of the 60%, I got this: "The 60/40 ratio was discussed with our tax accountants who informed us that the when a customer spends over $75 AND they receive something for part of the donation (in our case, they receive classes) they can receive a tax deduction for the portion that covers the cost of the cost of the class. So 60% is class/camp cost and the 40% accounts for profits and general management and expenses that are not class specific."

I suspect something got lost in translation - ...

I would hope so, as their explanation makes no sense. The cost of the camp is not deductible as a contribution under any circumstances. It could possibly qualify as a childcare expense. The 40% overhead amount appears to qualify as a charitable contribution.

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