Re: Are OVC donations tax deductable?

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Feb 25 2008 - 11:06:34 CST

In general, "donations" to OVC have never been tax deductible and never will
be. If you have some interest in the voting system, you may be able to
deduct membership dues as a business expense. Consult your accountant.

We did set up Open Voting Foundation, which is set up to be a 501c3. We
have not received 501c3 status from the IRS, however, in the mean time, we
can accept donations through our fiscal sponsor, Software in the Public
Interest (a 501c3) and those donations can be tax deductible. To find out
about that you can go to the Open Voting Foundation website at
www.openvotingfoundation.org ... the direct url for the make-a-donation page
is here:
https://128bit.clickandpledge.com/default.aspx?ID=12235&cid=US&a=

For people wanting to make a tax deductible contribution to the open voting
cause by check, you'd make the check to Software in the Public Interest (or
just SPI) and write "OVF" in the memo line. You can send the check to me or
SPI (we like to get the check first just to make sure ... in case you sent
the check directly to SPI and forgot to indicate "OVF," we would not get any
of the money). We can then draw on our account with SPI to fund things
that are consistent with the OVF 501c3 mission. There are some things that
OVC does (political stuff) that OVF/SPI can't fund or could only do in a
very limited way. So, the money to OVF doesn't exactly go in the same pot
as money to OVC, but the money is fungible to a certain extent, if you know
what I mean.

Alan D.

> Hello All:
>
> I believe I asked this question last year and the answer was no. However,
> I recall some discussion about setting up a foundation and was wondering
> if donations are now tax deductible? I'd like to wrap my taxes up soon
> and this my last open issue so I hope to hear from you soon.
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