Is the trip tax deductible?
If you are a U.S. tax-payer, you are eligible for out-of-pocket savings for the volunteer service program. The service program fees, air fare, visa, and related travel expenses are tax deductible if the participant adheres to SOL’s program itinerary, because they perform the work of Seeds of Learning, a 501C-3 tax-exempt organization. (See IRS Form 526). Our trips adhere to IRS requirements that students work, on average, eight hours per day, six days out of nine (or five out of seven) to ensure this tax benefit. We can provide a detailed itinerary, however, we also recommend you keep a personal journal detailing the hours you work for tax purposes. Those interested in claiming this benefit will need to consult a personal tax advisor for tax-deductibility advice.