Definition – Charitable Donations Deductions
Contributions made to qualified charitable organizations in the form of cash, property or services can be claimed as deductions on your federal income tax return. Such deductions are called Charitable Donations Deductions. Contributions made to an individual are not deductible as charitable donations deductions.
You can claim up to 50% of your AGI – Adjusted Gross Income. In some cases, the limit is 20% or 30% of your AGI.
Please note that Contributions must be made to qualified charitable organizations. You must obtain a receipt for the donations made and keep a record of it. To know whether the organization you want to contribute is a qualified organization click on the link below given by IRS and follow the instructions:
EO Select Check Tool
Types of Charitable Donations Deductions
Cash donations include cash, check or any other monetary form for which you have obtained a receipt from the qualified charitable organization.
Non-cash contributions can be in the form of clothes, things, vehicles etc donated to qualified charitable organizations and the receipt must be obtained for the same.
If the donated items are new then save the price tag and/or store receipt as a proof of the item’s value.
Where and How to Claim Charitable Donations Deductions on your tax return?
To claim the Charitable Donations Deductions, first of all, you need to choose to go for itemized deductions on your tax return. For Cash Charitable Contributions you need to report in F Form 1040, Schedule A of Itemized Deduction Section.
Whereas for non-cash contributions you need to file Form 8283. and attach it to your tax return if your contributions are above $ 500.
If a taxpayer claims a deduction for a noncash property worth $ 5,000 or less, he/she must fill Section A of Form 8283.
If the claim of deduction for a noncash property is worth more than $5,000, they will need a qualified appraisal of the noncash property and must fill out Section B of Form 8283.
In case, the claim of deduction noncash property is worth more than $ 500,000, the taxpayers need to attach the qualified appraisal to their return.
To know more about Charitable Contributions please refer Publication 526 (2017), Charitable Contributions
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Disclaimer: Interpretation of the above topic is for education purpose and cannot be considered as a legal advice. It is highly recommendable to consult a CPA or tax consultant.
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