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10 40 Easy10 40 easy Publication 526 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. 10 40 easy Tax questions. 10 40 easy Useful Items - You may want to see: Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 526 (such as legislation enacted after we release it), go to www. 10 40 easy irs. 10 40 easy gov/pub526. 10 40 easy What's New Limit on itemized deductions. 10 40 easy For 2013, you may have to reduce the total amount of certain itemized deductions, including charitable contributions, if your adjusted gross income is more than: $150,000 if married filing separately, $250,000 if single, $275,000 if head of household, or $300,000 if married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er). 10 40 easy For more information and a worksheet, see the instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). 10 40 easy Reminders Disaster relief. 10 40 easy You can deduct contributions for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief to a qualified organization (defined under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions ). 10 40 easy However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. 10 40 easy Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations, has more information about disaster relief, including how to establish a new charitable organization. 10 40 easy You can also find more information on IRS. 10 40 easy gov. 10 40 easy Enter “disaster relief” in the search box. 10 40 easy Photographs of missing children. 10 40 easy The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 10 40 easy Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 10 40 easy You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 10 40 easy Introduction This publication explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. 10 40 easy It discusses the types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions and the types of contributions you can deduct. 10 40 easy It also discusses how much you can deduct, what records you must keep, and how to report charitable contributions. 10 40 easy A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. 10 40 easy It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. 10 40 easy Qualified organizations. 10 40 easy 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. 10 40 easy You will find descriptions of these organizations under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions . 10 40 easy Form 1040 required. 10 40 easy To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). 10 40 easy The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this publication apply to you. 10 40 easy Comments and suggestions. 10 40 easy We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 10 40 easy You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. 10 40 easy NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 10 40 easy Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 10 40 easy You can send your comments from www. 10 40 easy irs. 10 40 easy gov/formspubs/. 10 40 easy Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 10 40 easy ” Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 10 40 easy Ordering forms and publications. 10 40 easy Visit www. 10 40 easy irs. 10 40 easy gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 10 40 easy Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 10 40 easy Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 10 40 easy If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 10 40 easy gov or call 1-800-829-1040. 10 40 easy We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. 10 40 easy Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions See How To Get Tax Help near the end of this publication for information about getting these publications and forms. 10 40 easy Table 1. 10 40 easy Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. 10 40 easy See the rest of this publication for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. 10 40 easy Deductible As Charitable Contributions Not Deductible As Charitable Contributions Money or property you give to: Money or property you give to: Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations Federal, state, and local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes (for example, a gift to reduce the public debt or maintain a public park) Nonprofit schools and hospitals The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. 10 40 easy War veterans' groups 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 commerce Foreign organizations (except certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities) Groups that are run for personal profit Groups whose purpose is to lobby for law changes Homeowners' associations Individuals Political groups or candidates for public office Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs, lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups Tuition Value of your time or services Value of blood given to a blood bank Prev Up Next Home More Online Publications
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