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What Stays in Vegas: Deductible?

Just out of curiosity, is money spent supporting yourself while volunteering for a political campaign tax deductible? With the campaigns moving to Vegas I feel a surge of interest I didn't feel when the action was in Iowa and New Hampshire.

How about gambling losses incurred while campaigning? How about lap dances? Lap dances where educational policy is discussed?

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  1. Blogger Randy (Internet Ronin) Says:

    Nice try, Michael. Are you perchance a masochist? I only ask because such a public question seems destined to earn you a place at someone's audit table in the near future. (Agents read blogs, too.) *LOL*

  2. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Randy, I'm just saying that if I am willing to contribute to the process, to give of myself by, let's say, moving into the Bellagio and in between games and shows, handing out voter information leaflets, shouldn't I be able to write that off? You'd think the IRS would applaud such grassroots democracy.

  3. Blogger Ruth Anne Adams Says:

    No political contributions of any kind are deductible. Only charitable contributions are. If you are going to spend time in Vegas working for a soup kitchen or something like that, then 'yes' your mileage and some per diem amount is legitimately deductible.

    Gambling losses are indeed deductible from your income. [And gambling winnings are considered 'income.'] They need not be connected to anything, but you do need a special 1099 to claim them.

    No charge, Big Guy.

  4. Blogger Michael Reynolds Says:

    Soup kitchen, eh? Hmmmmm. Thanks, Ruth Anne. Thank you very much.

    Soup, anyone?