||2008 Tax Year
Publication 526 - Introductory Material
New recordkeeping requirements for cash contributions. You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep as a record of the contribution a bank record
(such as a canceled
check, a bank copy of a canceled check, or a bank statement containing the name of the charity, the date, and the amount)
or a written communication
from the charity. The written communication must include the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and amount of
the contribution. See
Records To Keep.
Filing fee for easements on buildings in historic districts. A new $500 filing fee must be paid for each qualified conservation contribution after February 12, 2007, that is an easement
on a building in a
registered historic district, if the claimed deduction is more than $10,000. See Building in registered historic district under
Qualified Conservation Contribution.
Donor advised funds. Contributions to a donor advised fund after February 13, 2007, are not deductible in certain cases. To deduct these contributions,
you must have an
acknowledgment from the donee that the donee has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. See Contributions to Donor Advised
Funds under Contributions You Cannot Deduct.
Higher standard mileage rate for Hurricane Katrina expires. The higher standard mileage rate for the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization to provide relief
related to Hurricane
Katrina has expired. See Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services for information about the car expenses you can deduct for 2007.
Limit on itemized deductions. For 2007, if your adjusted gross income is more than $156,400 ($78,200 if you are married filing separately), you may have
to reduce the amount of
certain itemized deductions, including charitable contributions. For more information and a worksheet, see the instructions
for Schedule A (Form
Disaster relief. You can deduct contributions for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief to a qualified organization (defined
Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions). However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a
particular individual or family.
This publication explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. It discusses organizations that are
qualified to receive
deductible charitable contributions, the types of contributions you can deduct, how much you can deduct, what records to keep,
and how to report
A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization.
It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value.
Qualified organizations include nonprofit groups that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary
in purpose, or that work to
prevent cruelty to children or animals. You will find descriptions of these organizations under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible
Form 1040 required.
To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. The amount of your
deduction may be limited if
certain rules and limits explained in this publication apply to you.
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Table 1. Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check
Use the following lists for a quick check of contributions you can or cannot deduct. See the rest of this publication for
and additional rules and limits that may apply.
|Not Deductible As
Money or property you give to:
Money or property you give to:
Churches, synagogues, temples,
mosques, and other religious
Federal, state, and local
governments, if your contribution is
solely for public purposes (for
example, a gift to reduce the public
Nonprofit schools and hospitals
Public parks and recreation facilities
Salvation Army, Red Cross, CARE,
Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls
Clubs of America, etc.
War veterans' groups
Charitable organizations listed in Publication 78
Expenses paid for a student living with you,
sponsored by a qualified organization
Out-of-pocket expenses when you serve a
qualified organization as a volunteer
Civic leagues, social and sports
clubs, labor unions, and chambers of
Foreign organizations (except certain
Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican
Groups that are run for personal
Groups whose purpose is to lobby for
Political groups or candidates for
Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets
Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs,
lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups
Value of your time or services
Value of blood given to a blood bank
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