Can I deduct the travel expenses used to volunteer for a legally defined not-for-profit charity where I talk to congress members and their staff about the issues affecting my area? If the answer can’t be given because you are not my lawyer or accountant, can you give me links where I might be able to read up on the answer?
I want something in writing on the web to make sure I’m on firm ground before I use these deductions.
Back story if this helps (or just makes the post interesting). I’m an active volunteer on public lands protection in Southern California and was invited along with Hawkwife to Washington by a nonprofit group for training on how congress works and also to meet with the various So Cal members of congress or their staffs. They had money to pay my air and half hotel costs but not for Hawkwife. I would like to deduct the cost of my wife’s airfare and the non-reimbursed half hotel cost. Am I on solid legal ground?