In order to claim a charitable deduction on your tax return of $250 or more, you need a written acknowledgment from the charity. What if you haven’t received one yet for a charitable donation you made in 2020?
Stimulus checks are already arriving in mailboxes and bank accounts, but not everyone who receives a stimulus check needs the money. Part of the recent CARES Act, these stimulus checks include $1,200 for single filers or $2,400 for joint filers, plus $500 for each dependent child under age 17. The amount of the payment is[ … ]
If you’re like many Americans, letters from your favorite charities have been appearing in your mailbox in recent weeks acknowledging your 2018 year-end donations. But what happens if you haven’t received such a letter — can you still claim an itemized deduction for the gift on your 2018 income tax return? It depends. Basic requirements[ … ]
If you’re charitably inclined and you collect art, appreciated artwork can make one of the best charitable gifts from a tax perspective. In general, donating appreciated property is doubly beneficial because you can both enjoy a valuable tax deduction and avoid the capital gains taxes you’d owe if you sold the property. The extra benefit[ … ]
With election season in full swing, you may be wondering, “Are political contributions tax deductible?” Here’s the lowdown: Whether it’s your county mayor or the future President of the United States, the rules on taking advantage of tax deductions for political contributions are the same: Donations are deductible if the organization you give to is a[ … ]
If you donate your vehicle, the value of your deduction can vary greatly depending on what the charity does with it. You can deduct the vehicle’s fair market value (FMV) if the charity: Uses the vehicle for a significant charitable purpose (such as delivering meals-on-wheels to the elderly), Sells the vehicle for substantially less than[ … ]