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Deduct car damages from charitable trips

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Q. I’ve been using my car as a director on the board for a charity. On one trip, my car was damaged, and I had to pay a $1,000 deductible. Can I write off this expense as a charitable donation? E.B., Livingston, N.J.

A. You should be able to. Generally, you can deduct unreimbursed auto expenses, such as gas and oil, related to your charitable trips. You can’t deduct any general repair costs or maintenance expenses, but since this expense is directly attributable to your charitable travel, you should be able to deduct it. But ask your tax pro, just to be sure.

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