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Doyourtaxes net Publication 526 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. Doyourtaxes net Tax questions. Doyourtaxes net 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. Doyourtaxes net irs. Doyourtaxes net gov/pub526. Doyourtaxes net What's New Limit on itemized deductions. Doyourtaxes net  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). Doyourtaxes net For more information and a worksheet, see the instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). Doyourtaxes net Reminders Disaster relief. Doyourtaxes net  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 ). Doyourtaxes net However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Doyourtaxes net Publication 3833, Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance through Charitable Organizations, has more information about disaster relief, including how to establish a new charitable organization. Doyourtaxes net You can also find more information on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov. Doyourtaxes net Enter “disaster relief” in the search box. Doyourtaxes net Photographs of missing children. Doyourtaxes net  The IRS is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Doyourtaxes net Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Doyourtaxes net 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. Doyourtaxes net Introduction This publication explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. Doyourtaxes net It discusses the types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions and the types of contributions you can deduct. Doyourtaxes net It also discusses how much you can deduct, what records you must keep, and how to report charitable contributions. Doyourtaxes net A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Doyourtaxes net It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. Doyourtaxes net Qualified organizations. Doyourtaxes net   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. Doyourtaxes net You will find descriptions of these organizations under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions . Doyourtaxes net Form 1040 required. Doyourtaxes net   To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Doyourtaxes net The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this publication apply to you. Doyourtaxes net Comments and suggestions. Doyourtaxes net   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. Doyourtaxes net   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. Doyourtaxes net NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. Doyourtaxes net Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. Doyourtaxes net   You can send your comments from www. Doyourtaxes net irs. Doyourtaxes net gov/formspubs/. Doyourtaxes net Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. Doyourtaxes net ”   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. Doyourtaxes net Ordering forms and publications. Doyourtaxes net   Visit www. Doyourtaxes net irs. Doyourtaxes net 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. Doyourtaxes net Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Doyourtaxes net Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. Doyourtaxes net   If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Doyourtaxes net We cannot answer tax questions sent to either of the above addresses. Doyourtaxes net 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. Doyourtaxes net Table 1. Doyourtaxes net Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. Doyourtaxes net See the rest of this publication for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. Doyourtaxes net 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. Doyourtaxes net   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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Doyourtaxes net 13. Doyourtaxes net   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Doyourtaxes net Free help with your tax return. Doyourtaxes net   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Doyourtaxes net The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Doyourtaxes net The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Doyourtaxes net Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Doyourtaxes net In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Doyourtaxes net To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Doyourtaxes net   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Doyourtaxes net To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Doyourtaxes net aarp. Doyourtaxes net org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Doyourtaxes net For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Doyourtaxes net Internet. Doyourtaxes net    IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doyourtaxes net Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Doyourtaxes net Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Doyourtaxes net Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Doyourtaxes net The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Doyourtaxes net Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Doyourtaxes net You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Doyourtaxes net The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Doyourtaxes net Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Doyourtaxes net No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Doyourtaxes net The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Doyourtaxes net When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Doyourtaxes net New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Doyourtaxes net  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Doyourtaxes net You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Doyourtaxes net The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Doyourtaxes net When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Doyourtaxes net Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Doyourtaxes net You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Doyourtaxes net Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Doyourtaxes net Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Doyourtaxes net Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Doyourtaxes net Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Doyourtaxes net If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Doyourtaxes net Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Doyourtaxes net You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Doyourtaxes net It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Doyourtaxes net Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov. Doyourtaxes net Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov for more information. Doyourtaxes net Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Doyourtaxes net Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov. Doyourtaxes net Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Doyourtaxes net Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov. Doyourtaxes net Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Doyourtaxes net Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Doyourtaxes net Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Doyourtaxes net An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Doyourtaxes net Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Doyourtaxes net If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Doyourtaxes net Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Doyourtaxes net Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Doyourtaxes net Go to IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Doyourtaxes net Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Doyourtaxes net Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Doyourtaxes net Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Doyourtaxes net Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov and choose from a variety of options. Doyourtaxes net    Phone. Doyourtaxes net You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Doyourtaxes net Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Doyourtaxes net Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Doyourtaxes net Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Doyourtaxes net The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Doyourtaxes net Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Doyourtaxes net Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Doyourtaxes net Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Doyourtaxes net Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Doyourtaxes net If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Doyourtaxes net The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Doyourtaxes net Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Doyourtaxes net Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Doyourtaxes net The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Doyourtaxes net Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Doyourtaxes net Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Doyourtaxes net Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Doyourtaxes net You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Doyourtaxes net It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Doyourtaxes net Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Doyourtaxes net You should receive your order within 10 business days. Doyourtaxes net Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Doyourtaxes net If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Doyourtaxes net Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Doyourtaxes net The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Doyourtaxes net These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Doyourtaxes net    Walk-in. Doyourtaxes net You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Doyourtaxes net Products. Doyourtaxes net You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Doyourtaxes net Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Doyourtaxes net Services. Doyourtaxes net You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Doyourtaxes net An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Doyourtaxes net Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Doyourtaxes net gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Doyourtaxes net    Mail. Doyourtaxes net You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Doyourtaxes net You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Doyourtaxes net Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Doyourtaxes net Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Doyourtaxes net The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Doyourtaxes net Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Doyourtaxes net   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Doyourtaxes net We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Doyourtaxes net You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Doyourtaxes net You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Doyourtaxes net   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Doyourtaxes net Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Doyourtaxes net Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Doyourtaxes net Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Doyourtaxes net We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Doyourtaxes net   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Doyourtaxes net   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Doyourtaxes net If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Doyourtaxes net Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. 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