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What are charitable deductions?

Charitable deductions are a way for taxpayers to reduce their taxable income by making donations to qualifying charitable organizations. If you itemize your deductions on your tax return, you may be able to claim a charitable deduction for your donations.

To qualify for a charitable deduction, the donation must be made to a qualified charitable organization. This includes most nonprofit organizations that are exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Examples of qualified charitable organizations include churches, schools, and charities that are involved in charitable, educational, scientific, or religious activities.

There are two main types of charitable deductions: cash donations and non-cash donations. Cash donations can include things like money, checks, and credit card payments, while non-cash donations can include things like clothing, household items, and vehicles.

To claim a charitable deduction, you must have a receipt or written acknowledgement from the charitable organization. The receipt should include the name of the organization, the date of the donation, and the amount of the donation.

It's important to note that charitable deductions are subject to certain limits. For cash donations, the deduction is limited to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). For non-cash donations, the deduction is limited to 30% of your AGI. In addition, there are special rules for donations of certain types of property, such as real estate and artwork.

Overall, charitable deductions can be a great way to reduce your taxable income and support the causes that you care about. Just be sure to keep good records and follow the rules to ensure that your donations are deductible.

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