6 Things You Must Know About Donating to Charity


6 Things You Must Know About Donating to Charity

By Smith & Smith & Ruiz CPA's

If your charity deserves, then donations are the best way that can be done which in a way comes in the form of tax deduction.
At the same time, your generosity for charitable deduction won’t count, just because you’re feeling generous. Everything counts under the following rules.

  1. Itemize

If you want to claim a charitable deduction on your tax return, then you must itemize your deductions. Itemized deductions must be reported on Scheduled A. these include state and local taxes, real estate, home mortgage interest and eligible medical expense over a certain entry.

  1. Choose wisely

If any kind of doubt befalls in the mind, then ask to see their letter from Internal Revenue Service.  If you are not sure whether the organization is experienced, then you can research online using IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check. Besides you can also find more charitable organization tax –exempt status as well as review financials, mission statement and estimate sites like Charity Navigator.

  1. Donations to individual will not be considered eligible for tax deductions

Even if the contribution made to specific individual deserves you cannot deduct it. This enables handout to homeless and collection at the office or someone else of those experiencing tough times. If the deduction is important to you then consider working with the established organization.

  1. Get a receipt even

Cash donation must be authenticated by bank record such as canceled check or credit card receipt, clearly interpreted with the name of the charity or in writing from the organization. These must include details like date, amount, and the organization that received the donation. Here there is a claim, that if you have an acknowledgment of your contribution then a deduction of $250 or more can be made.

  1. Benefit of donating appreciated assets

If you donate certain assets which are appreciated in value, it can bring in profit to your business. Not only can you remove the fair market value of the property, but avoid paying capital tax gains. Whether by selling or gifting; respected assets are subjected to capital gains tax at disposition.

  1. Limitation must be taken into consideration

There is a certain limitation in charitable deductions.

Like if you contribute more than 20% of your adjusted gross income, subject to the line 37 of your form 1040, check the certain limitation.

  • Deduct appreciated capital gains assets up to 20% of AGI
  • Deduct non-cash assets worth up to 30-% of AGI
  • Deduct cash contribution up to 50 % of AGI

Tax reform proposal also comprises altering the restrictions on cash donations to 60% of AGI. If those alterations become law, they wouldn’t be effective until the 2018 year.