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GIK of paid expenses for flight

  • 1.  GIK of paid expenses for flight

    Posted 10 days ago
    Dear all,
    I have looked through IRS 526, and Case Guidelines, and am still not completely sure if the following can be counted as a GIK:
    A donor is paying for flights for a Coach related to Basketball travel. Is it possible to count the value of the cost to send the coach on University Related travel?
    I was thinking that it may be an issue because it's for a specific person.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    EA

    Emi Ayala
    Director of Gift Acceptance
    University of Maryland
    4603 Calvert Road
    College Park, MD 20740
    301-405-5134


  • 2.  RE: GIK of paid expenses for flight

    Posted 10 days ago
    Why doesn't the donor make a gift to the annual fund instead, assuming that the travel is something the University was going to pay anyway?

    John

    John H. Taylor
    Principal
    John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC
    2604 Sevier St.
    Durham, NC   27705
    919.816.5903 (cell/text)

    Serving the Advancement Community Since 1987






  • 3.  RE: GIK of paid expenses for flight

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hi John,

    He has already paid the expenses for two flights. Thank you,
    Emi

    Emi Ayala
    Director of Gift Acceptance
    University of Maryland
    4603 Calvert Road
    College Park, MD 20740
    301-405-5134







  • 4.  RE: GIK of paid expenses for flight

    Posted 9 days ago
    Were the flights and expenses first authorized by the University?

    My concern is that you do need to prove that these tickets were not "perks" being provided to the individual.  In fact, I would feel much better if the Business Office reimbursed the individual paying for the tickets.  Then they could make a charitable donation if they wanted.  You need a paper trail.

    Yes, it is legally possible for this purchase to be treated as a GIK.  You would need copies of the tickets and proof of purchase.  But you will also need to verify that the expense was what you would have authorized e.g. non-refundable coach - not First Class, and something the University would have paid for regardless.

    John

    John H. Taylor
    Principal
    John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC
    2604 Sevier St.
    Durham, NC   27705
    919.816.5903 (cell/text)

    Serving the Advancement Community Since 1987







  • 5.  RE: GIK of paid expenses for flight

    Posted 9 days ago
    Thank you so much, John
    Emi Ayala
    Director of Gift Acceptance
    University of Maryland
    4603 Calvert Road
    College Park, MD 20740
    301-405-5134