A CSSA Chapter
St. Louis, Missouri
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Each monthly issue of the Henry Shaw Cactus Digest includes club updates, columns and articles by members on their favorite aspects of cactus and succulent culture. Follow the link below this item to read select Digest articles -- or join HSCS to receive every article in the print version of the Digest.
Society Gains Tax-Exempt Status
When the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society achieved federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in May 2007, donations to the club became tax-deductible.
To donate to the society, mail checks made payable to Henry Shaw Cactus Society to P. O. Box 510106, St. Louis, Mo. 63151-0106. HSCSS Treasurer Janet Kister returns brief letters to acknowledge all donations received.
Cash donations are fully deductible. Significant donations of property like large plants, reference books or auction items used to raise money for the club may provide additional deductions. Contact one of the HSCSS officers before making such a donation to establish suitability and value. When available, sales receipts are naturally helpful in this process.
Since HSCSS membership provides goods and services, annual membership dues are not deductible. But members can, for example, claim a federal income tax deduction for mileage to and from club events at which they provide a volunteer service. This applies to official committee meetings, volunteering at the annual show and similar efforts.
"If you drove to and from the volunteer work, you can take the actual cost of gas and oil or 14 cents a mile" when you itemize deductions on Schedule A, the IRS guidelines said. Add parking and tolls, if applicable. Other out-of-pocket expenses for club-related volunteer activities that are not directly reimbursed can also be claimed.
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