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| ASK CONNIE
VT readers ask questions about volunteer management
and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant
and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
I heard that volunteers can deduct mileage on their
tax return when they use their car in their volunteer work. Is this true?
If so, whats the deduction?
Under the law, volunteers may deduct 14 cents a mile for their car costs (or be reimbursed by the nonprofit organization they work for at that rate with the payment being subject to income tax). At the end of last year, the IRS announced that the rate for the business use of a car will climb from 37.5 cents per mile to 40.5 cents beginning January 1, 2005. But, theres no change in the allowable deduction for volunteers; it stays at 14 cents per mile. The law allows the government to adjust the business rate but not the charitable rate for inflation.
Im putting together my first training for volunteers and am researching the best techniques for accomplishing my learning objectives. What advice or guidance do you give to first-time trainers?
Here's my list of "Connie's Fundamental Training Tips." They apply whether you're giving orientation to five new volunteers or conducting visitor services training for a class of 50. Good luck and remember to enjoy the experience most of all!
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