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| p.1 #20 · Donating time/copyrights to Non-Profit Charity - how to draw up invoice? |
If you're doing something for charity, do it because you want to help the charity and not for the tax deduction.
Worrying about the tax writeoff seems very petty and miserable to me. Totally against the spirit of why I do this sort of work myself.
I have done a fair amount of work for a particular charity and I do it for the feel good/ Put some runs on the good Karma board and that's it. A warm handshake and a Cuppa tea is the reward I'm looking for along with the self indulgent ego trip. I'm not a wonderful person but at least I can satisfy myself that I did do something good for someone prurely out of the little goodness in my cold heart.
I know the work I did for these people initially enabled them to hugely leverage the profitability of a business they run. It went from being something of a back corner experiment one guy had an idea for to far and away the biggest revenue generator they have. I go back and the guy tells me how much they blew their budgets and predictions out by and what they have been able to do with the money they raised to help the people they look after. All I do is provide them with the proper presentation of their products that allows them to keep developing their business and public awareness of what they do.
As the guy I deal with always points out, my contribution is not a day of my time and some pictures, it's the ability for them to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for their cause. I also shoot a lot of in house stuff for their magazine, website, fundraising efforts and stories of the people they help.
Dunno how many of my pics have been on their mag covers, annual reports etc but as long as I have been in this game and despite the companies I have worked for and been paid by and the publications and places my pics have been featured over the years, when that mag arrives with my pic on the cover and filled with my pics inside, I get a buzz like it's the first pic I ever had published all over again.
To me, that head swell makes worrying about any sort of tax write off I could use a horribly petty and scrooge like thing. The more I think about it, the more it would just kill the whole thing for me.
Honestly, and without trying to offend anyone, If a $100 write off on expenses for such a job actually meant anything to me, I'd be more worried about what the hell I was doing wrong in my business to be worried by such a pidling amount! I dosen't all add up for me becuase I don't do enough of it to add up to anything worthwhile so therefore I don't/ won't worry about it at all.
And remember, it's only a DEDUCTION not a refund, so you'll be lucky if it actually makes a $20 out of pocket difference to you. If $20 or 500 makes a difference to a person in their yearly earnings then I'd be looking very hard at how I was running my business and the big picture not about some petty tax writeoff on one charity job.
Frankly, I have better things to worry about than arsing around claiming a $100 benifit for something that should be done for reasons of good will rather than mercinary.
If I couldn't do it as a total donation I sure as hell wouldn't be doing it at all.