Category Archives: Charities

Deducting the Class Snake

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a fun case. “Assuming that I won’t make my son pay for it out of his allowance, for volunteering me to take care of the class snake for the summer… Can I deduct the cost of the frozen rats it eats? And what about if […]

Unused Charity Vouchers

Today TaxMama hears from Alice in the TaxQuips Forum with an interesting concept.  “As a non-profit organization we receive contributions from members and for their generosity we give them vouchers (with dollar amounts) that they can redeem for future events. My question is if we write off these old unused vouchers in our books, can these […]

Donating Real Estate

Today TaxMama hears from Peggi in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “I have a rental house that is in a distressed area.  I cannot get it rented, it keeps getting broken into.  I can donate the house to the LRA for a tax credit.  Would this be more beneficial than trying to sell it […]

Non-Profit Quotas

Today TaxMama hears from Dennis in the TaxQuips Forum, with a problem.  “I have recently become Treasurer of a band booster organization and need clarification about quota accounts.  They have a “quota” account for each student that is used for an annual trip.  You must make your quota amount or you are not allowed to […]

Get Money from IRS – Lots of Money!

IRS Seeking Applications for Volunteer Tax Assistance Program Grants WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service will soon begin accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years.

Exempt Organization Updates

Today TaxMama wants to give you some updates on exempt organizations that may affect you.

Vet Services Donated

Today TaxMama hears from K in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common kind of question. “I own a veterinary clinic that provides discounted services to certain non-profit rescue groups. I have well documented records showing the amount the services would cost at regular price and the discounts that were given. Is there a way to […]

H&R Block Radio Show – Tax Tips for Individuals

Listen here  –  Tax Tips for Individuals                         Read the script of the show below: PROGRAM 1: Tax Tips for Individuals Originally aired:   Thursday, March 25    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT Introduction – Tax Mama Welcome and Introductions o        Thanks for joining §                    Introduce hosts: §                    Chris Wilson, Master Tax Advisor o        Wilson has been […]

Donated Car Increased in Value

Today TaxMama hears from Dawn in the TaxQuips Forum with a simple question. “I donated a vehicle to charity. The vehicle increased in FMV from the time I purchased it 14 years ago. I donated it for the use of the charity (not for resale). It’s a charity that uses vehicles in their daily activities. […]

Feral Cat Contributions

Today TaxMama hears from Elisa in Santa Clara, California who is doing something brave. “I am involved with groups and individuals who feed  and Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) feral cat colonies.  The cats live outdoors and are not owned by the feeders.  Some people are part of non-profit groups but many are individuals.  For the individuals, can […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 538 – Stop Taxing My Patience

  Dear Family, Much of my time this month has been spent getting ready to do the radio tour for the Office Depot – H&R Block Stop Taxing My Patience Promotion; and getting the contest set up, so you can ask your most pressing tax question – and 5 random winners will get a box […]

Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti

If you are donating to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 […]