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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

K of C Charity Raffle Update #4

A message from the State Raffle Director, Richard Armanini!  Any questions or comments should be sent to Richard at richard.armanini@gmail.com or telephone 480.818.1774.  Reply to this message, Delete Rick Garrison before sending.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, COUNCIL NUMBER, POSITION, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER AT THE END OF THE MESSGE. 
 This message was sent to the Charity Raffle Team of State Officers, District Deputies, Grand Knights, Riffle Chairman, Financial Secretaries, Faithful Navigators, and Field Agents. 
Four questions and answers about the Charity Raffle
Q1: Can the winner of a trip take cash instead of the trip?            Short Answer NO!

More information:

1. The total list of prizes is worth $25,430 up from $25,019 last year.
2. The first, second, and third prizes are vacation packages and can only be redeemed as such within one year of the raffle. Winners may use the value of their prize trip as a credit toward another vacation package of their choice. If their chosen package is greater in value than the prize they won, the winner is responsible for the difference in cost.
3. Winners may transfer their trip to a third party or organization, if they so desire. Notify us of the transfer within 60 days of the raffle. All time constraints would still apply. Work with the travel agent if there is a problem with travel dates.
4. Since we have already paid for the trips, cash is not an option for the first three prizes.
5. Winners must confirm their acceptance of the prize within 30 days of being notified by returning a copy of the letter we send them asking for a signature and their social security number.
6. The original winners are responsible for all taxes.

Q2:  Is this raffle tax deductible to buyer of tickets since all the money is going to 501C3 charities?  Short Answer NO! 

More information: 
The Internal Revenue Service, in its Publication 526 Charitable Contributions, states that taxpayers cannot take a charitable deduction for money paid to purchase raffle tickets from nonprofit organizations. The IRS includes raffle tickets in its list of "contributions you cannot deduct."
If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit because of contributing to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive.   You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance.
Q3:  Who is the ‘seller of the ticket’?  When a Brother Knight buys tickets, he is the seller of the ticket.  The seller of a winning ticket will receive $100. Put your name or member number on the front of the ticket to be eligible.  All ten [10] prizes on the ticket are eligible for the sellers award.  If you give outside groups tickets to sell for your council, [example: St Vince de Paul] the person from that group who sells the ticket/s is the seller and entitled to the $100 bonus.  Outside groups need to be 501c3 eligible and are pro-life.  Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools, and Church Ministries are eligible.  The bonus is to encourage sales. 
Q4:  Are the trips for two?  Short Answer YES!
More information:  All trips include airfare, ground transfers, lodging, and transportation for two.
God Bless you, your council, and the Charity Raffle!

Richard Armanini
State Charity Raffle Director
3315 E Dry Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ  85044-7022
Telephone:  480.706.9314
Cell phone:  480.818.1774

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