Category Archives: Charities

2016 Mileage

TaxMama® and Ken Jeffries interview: LISTEN TO PODCAST: Ken: It’s TaxQuips Time from TaxMama.com . Today TaxMama covers deductible mileage. What kinds of mileage are deductible by individuals and businesses? TaxMama: Actually, there are four ways to take advantage of vehicle-related deductions: Medical mileage Moving Mileage Job or business mileage Charitable mileage Ken: What are […]

Crowdfunding for Medical Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from Josh in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question, let me re-phrase. “I want to raise money for a family member who is ill, using crowd-funding. What’s the best way to do this with the least tax impact?”

Charity by Proxy

Today TaxMama® hears from GuideForThePoor in the TaxQuips Forum, who has an interesting question. “Suppose your deductions are too low to itemize, but you still want to give money to charity. Can you give the money to a friend who does itemize – and have the friend donate it to charity and get the deduction?” […]

Charity Raffle Costs

Today TaxMama® hears from Eliezer in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question. “Many non-profit organizations run raffles with great prizes. Sometimes the raffle tickets can get pricey (>$100) and the entrants want to deduct these amounts as charitable contributions to the non-profit organization. Assuming the entrant did not have any winnings, is there any situation […]

IRS Offers Tax Tips for “The Season of Giving”

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service December is traditionally a month for giving generously to charities, friends and family. But it’s also a time that can have a major impact on the tax return you’ll file in the New Year. Here are some “Season of Giving” tips from the IRS covering everything from charity donations […]

IRS Steps up Quickly to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Last week, before Commissioner Doug Shulman left, he made sure that the IRS was in  position to cut red-tape and make life easier for Hurricane Sandy victims. Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York Victims of Hurricane Sandy that began on Oct. 27 in parts of Connecticut, New […]

Caring Friends

Today TaxMama® hears from Grace in the TaxQuips Forum, with this charming question. “We have a friend that is dying of terminal cancer and is expected to pass away within 6 months. We will use a web-site that easily allows fund gathering.  But we need to know if there are tax consequences to her estate […]

Helping Someone in Need

Today TaxMama® hears from MJ in the TaxQuips Forum who tells us, “We have a friend whose child has been injured, and would like to raise funds for her to help pay for the bills. We cannot afford to file for a non-profit (KY); and don’t know if that’s even necessary for a case like […]