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Color Bearer Tax Deductions

2020-2021

Dear Color Bearers,

We often receive questions regarding which benefits are not tax deductible. Please know that if you do not attend any Color Bearer events, your full donation is tax deductible.​

The Trust is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our federal ID number is 54-1426643. 

Event Attendees

If you attended events that are benefits of your membership level, below is a breakdown of your tax deductible donation.

2020 Color Bearers

If you attend all events you are eligible for — Thank You Weekend (all Color Bearers) — the following applies:

  • Regimental: $1,000 annual gift ($825 deductible; $650 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • Brigade:   $2,500 annual gift ($2,325 deductible; $2,150 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • Division:         $5,000 annual gift ($4,825 deductible; $4,650 deductible/individual + guest)  

  • Corps:            $10,000 annual gift ($9,825 deductible; $9,650 deductible/individual + guest)

  • National:         $25,000 annual gift ($24,825 deductible; $24,650 deductible/individual + guest) 

If you attend only one of the two events, here is a breakdown for each event:

  • Color Bearer Thank You Weekend in 2020, $175/person that attends is not tax deductible.

2021 Color Bearers

If you plan to attend all events you are eligible for — Annual Conference (all Color Bearers), Grand Review (Brigade & higher, plus Founding CBs) — the following applies: 

  • Regimental: $1,000 annual gift ($900 deductible; $800 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • Brigade:   $2,500 annual gift ($2,150 deductible; $1,800 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • Division:         $5,000 annual gift ($4,155 deductible; $3,210 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • Corps:            $10,000 annual gift ($9,155 deductible; $8,210 deductible/individual + guest) 

  • National:         $25,000 annual gift ($24,155 deductible; $23,210 deductible/individual + guest) 

If you attend only one of the two events, here is a breakdown for each event:

  • Annual Conference, $100/person is not tax deductible. 

  • Grand Review, $250/person is not tax deductible. 

  • If you are Division and higher and attended the annual conference at no charge, $595/person who attended is not tax deductible. 

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) Donors

Please note that if you made your Color Bearer membership donation through your IRA QCD (qualified charitable distribution), IRS rules prohibit you from taking a tax deduction for your gift or receiving any membership benefits.  If you plan to attend an event, please make a separate, additional contribution to cover the value of the event, as detailed above. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lee Bruch at lbruch@battlefields.org or 202-367-1861 ext. 7228

Thank you for your generosity!