By Doug Lohrey
Associate Executive Director/ CFO with the Colorado Baptist General Convention
Can I deduct the value of volunteer work I do for the church?
No, the value of volunteer work you do for the church can never be a contribution.
If I do some work around the church and get reimbursed for my labor and the items I purchased to complete the job, can I just ask them to add this amount to my contribution statement?
No, the church is not allowed to add this amount to your contribution statement, but they can cut you a check and then you give that money back to the church. It would be best to cash the church check and then write a personal check to the church, but you can just endorse the church check back over to the church.