Year-end Giving Guidance by IRS To Help Taxpayers - Even If They Don’t Itemize

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The IRS reminds taxpayers in IR-2021-214 of a special tax deduction that was passed in the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted last December that has been extended and included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, through the end of 2021. 

The temporary law change permits individual taxpayers to claim a limited deduction up to $300 on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions made to qualifying charitable organizations during 2021 tax year, The maximum deduction is $600 for married couples filing joint tax returns. Currently, nearly nine in ten taxpayers take a standard deduction, so this provision could potentially allow them to claim the special tax deduction. 

Keeping good records is key. Obtaining an acknowledgment letter from the charity before filing a return is recommended as well as retaining a cancelled check or credit card receipt for contributions of cash.

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