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Why are volunteers exempted from minimum wage laws?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17486points) March 31st, 2019

A tax code question.

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janbb's avatar

By definition, volunteers don’t get paid.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Volunteers offer their services for FREE…aka “without wages”; hence, there are NO wages from which to determine a minimum wage!!!

Kardamom's avatar

Uh, they don’t get paid anything. Hence the term “volunteer”.

Are you really asking a different question?

Inspired_2write's avatar

Hmmmm as a volunteer they could in effect right off as a charity there time and efforts or as a donation to charity? Don’t know the tax laws, but worth a try.

LostInParadise's avatar

You could try that, but how does the government determine the value of your labor? Is that where minimum wage comes in? It is hard to make sense of the question.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Just located this ( In Canada) regarding volunteers who may right off the gift of service under certain circumstances..like Missionary Work etc.

Very interesting: Here is that link : note that the year was 2003.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities/policies-guidance/policy-commentary-025-expenses-incurred-volunteers.html

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LostInParadise's avatar

I don’t see anything about writing off time worked. Am I missing something?

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