Discussion:Bone marrow donor

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Bruschi (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2007
I was a bone marrow donor. Can I deduct any costs related to it? They paid everything except mileage, and my lost wages for the week. Can I dedust these as donations?

Dusty (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2007
The lost wages you never had so you can not deduct something you never had. The milage - I would say if the bone marrow went to a non-profit hospital for them to do with it what they may you could deduct your milage. But if it was for a specific individual then no, as they would not be a non-profit.

Dusty

Taxea (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2007
I would say the mileage would be deductible as a medical expense. taxea

Blrgcpa (talk|edits) said:

3 April 2007
NO!!!

I had very long hair and decided to cut it. I made a donation of the hair to an organization that makes wigs for sick children who need them. My cost involved the cost of a haircut. It's not deductible.

You can't get a benefit from the donation of body parts.

Riley2 (talk|edits) said:

4 April 2007
You may be eligible for a state tax benefit. In which state do you reside?

Fondawise (talk|edits) said:

4 April 2007
You are allowed deductions for the medical expenses involving transplants, including transportation (see Pub 502 Under "Transplants"). Following this I would expand it to include your situation. You would deduct it on the medical part of Sch A which must be over the 7 1/2% of your AGI. You cannot deduct lost wages, but I would take round trip mileage to the hospital and any medical expenses like bandages, perscriptions, hospital/dr charges, etc.

re: birgcpa, I also had a client who donated her hair to a similar organization. No deduction for the haircut because no medical expense involved, and no deduction for charity because it is a body part.

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