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I paid $50/month as part of a 6-month internship program at my church. Are those expenses considered tax-deductible? (I am not a student or recent graduate, so I know that I can not qualify it as an educational deduction.)

Heidi - There are several requirements that must be met in order to claim a charitable contribution on Schedule A.

One of the key things you'll have to keep in mind is that if you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive.

There are so many aspects of your question that would alter any answer I would give you that it may be best to read portions of Publication 526, which you can find here ->

I hope this helps.

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