Category Archives: Charities

Contributions to Relief for Haitian Earthquake Victims

Many people may wish to contribute to relief funds for the victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake. Contributions to domestic, tax-exempt, charitable organizations that provide assistance to individuals in foreign lands qualify as tax-deductible contributions for federal income tax purposes, provided that the U.S. organization has full control and discretion over the uses of such funds. […]

Donating Baby Clothes

Today TaxMama hears from Chet in Illinois, with this question. “We are planning on donating many clothes that no longer fit our 9 month old daughter. We received many of these items as gifts. Can we still take a charitable contribution deduction?”

New Video Series Helps Exempt Organizations Understand Redesigned Form 990 Requirements

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new case study and video program to help exempt organizations and their tax preparers better understand the newly revised Form 990 series which must be filed for the 2008 tax year. The Form 990 series, redesigned for the first time in nearly 30 years, requires more […]

New Video Series Helps Exempt Organizations

[TaxMama note: IRS is doing their best to demysify the entire process for non-profits/exempt organizations. Use the tools!] WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new case study and video program to help exempt organizations and their tax preparers better understand the newly revised Form 990 series which must be filed for the […]

Donating a Website

Today TaxMama hears from Tomika in North Carolina who wants to know. “Can a for profit company receive a tax deduction for donating a website to a school? The only in-kind contributions I found were listed as a disclaimer on the non profit books. Would the website be considered as a non deductible donation for […]

Rental Donation

Today TaxMama hears from Brian in Georgia with an interesting proposition. “We have a second home (cabin) where our family hangs out from time to time but it is not on a rental program of any kind. If I were to donate a week or two to a charity for fundraising, could I write off […]

Five Important Changes for Taxpayers

Here are a few tax law changes you may want to note before filing your 2008 federal tax return: 1. Expiring Tax Breaks Renewed The following popular tax breaks were renewed for tax-years 2008 and 2009: Deduction for state and local sales taxes on Form 1040 Schedule A, Line 5 Educator expense deduction on Form […]

New Law Encourages Cash Donations for Midwest Disaster Relief

IR-2008-133, Nov. 25, 2008 WASHINGTON –– Taxpayers who make qualifying cash contributions for disaster relief efforts in the Midwest could benefit from a recently passed law that suspends the percentage-of-income limits that would normally apply when taxpayers deduct the contributions on their 2008 federal tax returns. Under the Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act, an individual […]

Mileage to Minister

Today TaxMama hears from Larry in North Carolina, with this dilemma. “I have a part-time business servicing computers. I have a separate business checking account, file Schedule C, etc. I deduct business miles on a mileage basis. On occasion I do some computer work for my minister back home. It is a 180 mile round-trip. […]

Goodwill Donations

Today TaxMama hears from Mary in Illinois who tells us. “I have donated several items to Goodwill. Is there a website where I can go to see how much the IRS allows for deductions for specific items such as clothing, household goods, etc?”

S Corp Charity

Today TaxMama hears from Diane in Florida who’s very generous. “My friend and I have an LLC. We elected to be treated as a sub chapter “S” Corp. We plan to donate 50% of our net profits to charity. Can our LLC make this donation each year and take the business deduction? This annual donation […]