WHAT HARRY SAYS: Most of coursely! There are lots of borderline cases, as I'm sure you're aware. Here are the categories available: domestic nonprofit organizations exclusively for pew rent, dues and assessments of churches and synagogues; charities, such as the American Cancer Society; scientific, literary and educational, such as the University of Pennsylvania; prevention of cruelty to children or animals; promoting amateur sports activities; nonprofit domestic veterans' groups; nonprofit cemetery groups; the U.S., states, cities, Indian tribal governing bodies. With a few exceptions, you must receive no direct benefit from any of these groups. Political-campaign committees and political-action committees are out, too. So are lobbying groups. The value of personal services (but not the direct expenses paid) and free rent are not deductible. To the government's shame, the value of donated blood is also out.
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