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H and r block free online 24. H and r block free online   Contributions Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions of PropertyException. H and r block free online Household items. H and r block free online Deduction more than $500. H and r block free online Form 1098-C. H and r block free online Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. H and r block free online Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. H and r block free online Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. H and r block free online Deduction $500 or less. H and r block free online Right to use property. H and r block free online Tangible personal property. H and r block free online Future interest. H and r block free online Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value When To DeductChecks. H and r block free online Text message. H and r block free online Credit card. H and r block free online Pay-by-phone account. H and r block free online Stock certificate. H and r block free online Promissory note. H and r block free online Option. H and r block free online Borrowed funds. H and r block free online Limits on DeductionsCarryovers Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To Report Introduction This chapter explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. H and r block free online It discusses the following topics. H and r block free online The types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions. H and r block free online The types of contributions you can deduct. H and r block free online How much you can deduct. H and r block free online What records you must keep. H and r block free online How to report your charitable contributions. H and r block free online A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. H and r block free online It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. H and r block free online Form 1040 required. H and r block free online    To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. H and r block free online The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this chapter apply to you. H and r block free online The limits are explained in detail in Publication 526. H and r block free online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 526 Charitable Contributions 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. H and r block free online Most organizations other than churches and governments must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. H and r block free online How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. H and r block free online   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. H and r block free online Or go to IRS. H and r block free online gov. H and r block free online Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. H and r block free online irs. H and r block free online gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). H and r block free online This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. H and r block free online You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. H and r block free online Call 1-877-829-5500. H and r block free online People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. H and r block free online Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. H and r block free online gsa. H and r block free online gov/fedrelay. H and r block free online Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. H and r block free online A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). H and r block free online It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. H and r block free online Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. H and r block free online War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). H and r block free online Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. H and r block free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. H and r block free online ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. H and r block free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. H and r block free online ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. H and r block free online S. H and r block free online possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. H and r block free online S. H and r block free online possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. H and r block free online (Your contribution to this type of organization is only deductible if it is to be used solely for public purposes. H and r block free online ) Examples. H and r block free online    The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. H and r block free online Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. H and r block free online Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. H and r block free online Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. H and r block free online This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. H and r block free online However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . H and r block free online Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. H and r block free online Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. H and r block free online Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. H and r block free online Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. H and r block free online Civil defense organizations. H and r block free online Certain foreign charitable organizations. H and r block free online   Under income tax treaties with Canada, Israel, and Mexico, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. H and r block free online Generally, you must have income from sources in that country. H and r block free online For additional information on the deduction of contributions to Canadian charities, see Publication 597, Information on the United States–Canada Income Tax Treaty. H and r block free online If you need more information on how to figure your contribution to Mexican and Israeli charities, see Publication 526. H and r block free online Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. H and r block free online A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. H and r block free online The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. H and r block free online If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. H and r block free online See Contributions of Property , later in this chapter. H and r block free online Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. H and r block free online See Limits on Deductions , later. H and r block free online In addition, the total of your charitable contribution deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. H and r block free online See chapter 29. H and r block free online Table 24-1 gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. H and r block free online Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. H and r block free online Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. H and r block free online If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. H and r block free online For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. H and r block free online Example 1. H and r block free online You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. H and r block free online Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. H and r block free online The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. H and r block free online When you buy your ticket, you know that its value is less than your payment. H and r block free online To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). H and r block free online You can deduct $40 as a contribution to the church. H and r block free online Example 2. H and r block free online At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. H and r block free online The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. H and r block free online You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. H and r block free online Athletic events. H and r block free online   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. H and r block free online   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. H and r block free online Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. H and r block free online You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. H and r block free online Example 1. H and r block free online You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. H and r block free online The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. H and r block free online You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. H and r block free online Table 24-1. H and r block free online Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. H and r block free online See the rest of this chapter for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. H and r block free online Deductible As  Charitable Contributions Not Deductible  As Charitable Contributions 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. H and r block free online 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 Money or property you give to:  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    Example 2. H and r block free online The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. H and r block free online You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. H and r block free online The result is $180. H and r block free online Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). H and r block free online Charity benefit events. H and r block free online   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. H and r block free online   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. H and r block free online If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. H and r block free online Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. H and r block free online However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. H and r block free online    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. H and r block free online If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. H and r block free online Printed on the ticket is “Contribution—$40. H and r block free online ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). H and r block free online Membership fees or dues. H and r block free online    You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. H and r block free online However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. H and r block free online    You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. H and r block free online They are not qualified organizations. H and r block free online Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. H and r block free online   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you receive them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. H and r block free online Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. H and r block free online Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization, if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. H and r block free online 20. H and r block free online Token items. H and r block free online   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. H and r block free online You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. H and r block free online The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. H and r block free online Written statement. H and r block free online   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. H and r block free online The statement must say that you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. H and r block free online It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. H and r block free online   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. H and r block free online Exception. H and r block free online   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. H and r block free online The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. H and r block free online You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. H and r block free online You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described earlier. H and r block free online Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. H and r block free online You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative or dependent, and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. H and r block free online You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. H and r block free online Any month when conditions (1) through (3) are met for 15 days or more counts as a full month. H and r block free online For additional information, see Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in Publication 526. H and r block free online Mutual exchange program. H and r block free online   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. H and r block free online Table 24-2. H and r block free online Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. H and r block free online All of the rules explained in this chapter also apply. H and r block free online See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . H and r block free online Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. H and r block free online The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. H and r block free online Can I deduct $60 a week for my time?    No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. H and r block free online The office is 30 miles from my home. H and r block free online Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. H and r block free online If you don't want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. H and r block free online I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. H and r block free online Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. H and r block free online I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. H and r block free online Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. H and r block free online (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see chapter 32. H and r block free online ) Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. H and r block free online The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. H and r block free online Table 24-2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. H and r block free online Conventions. H and r block free online   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight in connection with the convention. H and r block free online However, see Travel , later. H and r block free online   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. H and r block free online You also cannot deduct transportation, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. H and r block free online    You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. H and r block free online You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. H and r block free online Uniforms. H and r block free online   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. H and r block free online Foster parents. H and r block free online   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. H and r block free online A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. H and r block free online    You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. H and r block free online They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. H and r block free online They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. H and r block free online   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. H and r block free online For details, see chapter 3. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. H and r block free online Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. H and r block free online Car expenses. H and r block free online   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, that are directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. H and r block free online You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. H and r block free online    If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. H and r block free online   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. H and r block free online   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. H and r block free online For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. H and r block free online Travel. H and r block free online   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. H and r block free online This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. H and r block free online You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. H and r block free online   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. H and r block free online Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. H and r block free online However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. H and r block free online Example 1. H and r block free online You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. H and r block free online You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. H and r block free online You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. H and r block free online You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. H and r block free online You can deduct your travel expenses. H and r block free online Example 2. H and r block free online You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. H and r block free online The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. H and r block free online In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. H and r block free online Example 3. H and r block free online You work for several hours each morning on an archaeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. H and r block free online The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. H and r block free online You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. H and r block free online Example 4. H and r block free online You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. H and r block free online In the evening you go to the theater. H and r block free online You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. H and r block free online Daily allowance (per diem). H and r block free online   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. H and r block free online You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. H and r block free online Deductible travel expenses. H and r block free online   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. H and r block free online Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business-related expenses. H and r block free online For information on business travel expenses, see Travel Expenses in chapter 26. H and r block free online Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct, such as those made to specific individuals and those made to nonqualified organizations. H and r block free online (See Contributions to Individuals and Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations , next. H and r block free online ) There are others you can deduct only part of, as discussed later under Contributions From Which You Benefit . H and r block free online Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. H and r block free online Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of deceased members. H and r block free online Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. H and r block free online You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. H and r block free online But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. H and r block free online However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. H and r block free online Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. H and r block free online Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online Your son does missionary work. H and r block free online You pay his expenses. H and r block free online You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. H and r block free online Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. H and r block free online You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, a state, or other qualified organization. H and r block free online Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. H and r block free online Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. H and r block free online Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations (but see chapter 28). H and r block free online Civic leagues and associations. H and r block free online Communist organizations. H and r block free online Country clubs and other social clubs. H and r block free online Most foreign organizations (other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations). H and r block free online For details, see Publication 526. H and r block free online Homeowners' associations. H and r block free online Labor unions (but see chapter 28). H and r block free online Political organizations and candidates. H and r block free online Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. H and r block free online See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. H and r block free online These contributions include the following. H and r block free online Contributions for lobbying. H and r block free online This includes amounts that you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. H and r block free online Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. H and r block free online Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. H and r block free online Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. H and r block free online You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. H and r block free online For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Gambling winnings in chapter 12 and Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings in chapter 28. H and r block free online Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. H and r block free online However, see Membership fees or dues , earlier, under Contributions You Can Deduct. H and r block free online Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. H and r block free online You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. H and r block free online You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. H and r block free online ” Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. H and r block free online Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. H and r block free online The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. H and r block free online Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final (but see Adoption Credit in chapter 37, and the instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses). H and r block free online You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. H and r block free online See Adopted child in chapter 3. H and r block free online Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property (but see chapter 28). H and r block free online Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. H and r block free online However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. H and r block free online See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. H and r block free online For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. H and r block free online Clothing and household items. H and r block free online   You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. H and r block free online Exception. H and r block free online   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. H and r block free online Household items. H and r block free online   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. H and r block free online   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. H and r block free online Cars, boats, and airplanes. H and r block free online    The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. H and r block free online A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. H and r block free online Deduction more than $500. H and r block free online   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. H and r block free online If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. H and r block free online Form 1098-C. H and r block free online   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. H and r block free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. H and r block free online   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453 and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. H and r block free online   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. H and r block free online    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. H and r block free online But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. H and r block free online Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. H and r block free online   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. H and r block free online Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. H and r block free online You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U. H and r block free online S. H and r block free online Individual Income Tax Return. H and r block free online  For more information, see Automatic Extension in chapter 1. H and r block free online File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. H and r block free online After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, claiming the deduction. H and r block free online Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. H and r block free online For more information about amended returns, see Amended Returns and Claims for Refund in chapter 1. H and r block free online Exceptions. H and r block free online   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. H and r block free online Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. H and r block free online   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. H and r block free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. H and r block free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. H and r block free online Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. H and r block free online   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. H and r block free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. H and r block free online The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. H and r block free online   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. H and r block free online In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. H and r block free online She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. H and r block free online A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. H and r block free online However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. H and r block free online Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. H and r block free online If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. H and r block free online She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. H and r block free online Deduction $500 or less. H and r block free online   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. H and r block free online But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. H and r block free online   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. H and r block free online The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 under Records To Keep, later. H and r block free online Partial interest in property. H and r block free online   Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. H and r block free online Right to use property. H and r block free online   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. H and r block free online For exceptions and more information, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. H and r block free online Future interests in tangible personal property. H and r block free online   You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. H and r block free online Tangible personal property. H and r block free online   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. H and r block free online It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. H and r block free online Future interest. H and r block free online   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. H and r block free online Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. H and r block free online Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. H and r block free online Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. H and r block free online Used clothing and household items. H and r block free online   The fair market value of used clothing and household goods is usually far less than what you paid for them when they were new. H and r block free online   For used clothing, you should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. H and r block free online See Household Goods in Publication 561 for information on the valuation of household goods, such as furniture, appliances, and linens. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online Dawn Greene donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. H and r block free online She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. H and r block free online Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. H and r block free online The fair market value of the coat is $50. H and r block free online Dawn's donation is limited to $50. H and r block free online Cars, boats, and airplanes. H and r block free online   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. H and r block free online Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. H and r block free online The guides may be published monthly or seasonally and for different regions of the country. H and r block free online These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. H and r block free online The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. H and r block free online But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. H and r block free online   You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. H and r block free online A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. H and r block free online However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. H and r block free online The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. H and r block free online Large quantities. H and r block free online   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. H and r block free online Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is less than your basis in it, your deduction is limited to its fair market value. H and r block free online You cannot claim a deduction for the difference between the property's basis and its fair market value. H and r block free online Giving Property That Has Increased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is more than your basis in it, you may have to reduce the fair market value by the amount of appreciation (increase in value) when you figure your deduction. H and r block free online Your basis in property is generally what you paid for it. H and r block free online See chapter 13 if you need more information about basis. H and r block free online Different rules apply to figuring your deduction, depending on whether the property is: Ordinary income property, or Capital gain property. H and r block free online Ordinary income property. H and r block free online   Property is ordinary income property if you would have recognized ordinary income or short-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date it was contributed. H and r block free online Examples of ordinary income property are inventory, works of art created by the donor, manuscripts prepared by the donor, and capital assets (defined in chapter 14) held 1 year or less. H and r block free online Amount of deduction. H and r block free online   The amount you can deduct for a contribution of ordinary income property is its fair market value minus the amount that would be ordinary income or short-term capital gain if you sold the property for its fair market value. H and r block free online Generally, this rule limits the deduction to your basis in the property. H and r block free online Example. H and r block free online You donate stock you held for 5 months to your church. H and r block free online The fair market value of the stock on the day you donate it is $1,000, but you paid only $800 (your basis). H and r block free online Because the $200 of appreciation would be short-term capital gain if you sold the stock, your deduction is limited to $800 (fair market value minus the appreciation). H and r block free online Capital gain property. H and r block free online   Property is capital gain property if you would have recognized long-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date of the contribution. H and r block free online It includes capital assets held more than 1 year, as well as certain real property and depreciable property used in your trade or business and, generally, held more than 1 year. H and r block free online Amount of deduction — general rule. H and r block free online   When figuring your deduction for a contribution of capital gain property, you generally can use the fair market value of the property. H and r block free online Exceptions. H and r block free online   In certain situations, you must reduce the fair market value by any amount that would have been long-term capital gain if you had sold the property for its fair market value. H and r block free online Generally, this means reducing the fair market value to the property's cost or other basis. H and r block free online Bargain sales. H and r block free online   A bargain sale of property is a sale or exchange for less than the property's fair market value. H and r block free online A bargain sale to a qualified organization is partly a charitable contribution and partly a sale or exchange. H and r block free online A bargain sale may result in a taxable gain. H and r block free online More information. H and r block free online   For more information on donating appreciated property, see Giving Property That Has Increased in Value in Publication 526. H and r block free online When To Deduct You can deduct your contributions only in the year you actually make them in cash or other property (or in a later carryover year, as explained later under Carryovers ). H and r block free online This applies whether you use the cash or an accrual method of accounting. H and r block free online Time of making contribution. H and r block free online   Usually, you make a contribution at the time of its unconditional delivery. H and r block free online Checks. H and r block free online   A check you mail to a charity is considered delivered on the date you mail it. H and r block free online Text message. H and r block free online   Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account. H and r block free online Credit card. H and r block free online    Contributions charged on your credit card are deductible in the year you make the charge. H and r block free online Pay-by-phone account. H and r block free online    Contributions made through a pay-by-phone account are considered delivered on the date the financial institution pays the amount. H and r block free online Stock certificate. H and r block free online   A properly endorsed stock certificate is considered delivered on the date of mailing or other delivery to the charity or to the charity's agent. H and r block free online However, if you give a stock certificate to your agent or to the issuing corporation for transfer to the name of the charity, your contribution is not delivered until the date the stock is transferred on the books of the corporation. H and r block free online Promissory note. H and r block free online   If you issue and deliver a promissory note to a charity as a contribution, it is not a contribution until you make the note payments. H and r block free online Option. H and r block free online    If you grant a charity an option to buy real property at a bargain price, it is not a contribution until the organization exercises the option. H and r block free online Borrowed funds. H and r block free online   If you contribute borrowed funds, you can deduct the contribution in the year you deliver the funds to the charity, regardless of when you repay the loan. H and r block free online Limits on Deductions The amount you can deduct for charitable contributions cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). H and r block free online Your deduction may be further limited to 30% or 20% of your AGI, depending on the type of property you give and the type of organization you give it to. H and r block free online If your total contributions for the year are 20% or less of your AGI, these limits do not apply to you. H and r block free online The limits are discussed in detail under Limits on Deductions in Publication 526. H and r block free online A higher limit applies to certain qualified conservation contributions. H and r block free online See Publication 526 for details. H and r block free online Carryovers You can carry over any contributions you cannot deduct in the current year because they exceed your adjusted-gross-income limits. H and r block free online You can deduct the excess in each of the next 5 years until it is used up, but not beyond that time. H and r block free online For more information, see Carryovers in Publication 526. H and r block free online Records To Keep You must keep records to prove the amount of the contributions you make during the year. H and r block free online The kind of records you must keep depends on the amount of your contributions and whether they are: Cash contributions, Noncash contributions, or Out-of-pocket expenses when donating your services. H and r block free online Note. H and r block free online An organization generally must give you a written statement if it receives a payment from you that is more than $75 and is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. H and r block free online (See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. H and r block free online ) Keep the statement for your records. H and r block free online It may satisfy all or part of the recordkeeping requirements explained in the following discussions. H and r block free online Cash Contributions Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction. H and r block free online You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep one of the following. H and r block free online A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. H and r block free online Bank records may include: A canceled check, A bank or credit union statement, or A credit card statement. H and r block free online A receipt (or a letter or other written communication) from the qualified organization showing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. H and r block free online The payroll deduction records described next. H and r block free online Payroll deductions. H and r block free online   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the date and amount of the contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization. H and r block free online If your employer withheld $250 or more from a single paycheck, see Contributions of $250 or More , next. H and r block free online Contributions of $250 or More You can claim a deduction for a contribution of $250 or more only if you have an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization or certain payroll deduction records. H and r block free online If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that lists each contribution and the date of each contribution and shows your total contributions. H and r block free online Amount of contribution. H and r block free online   In figuring whether your contribution is $250 or more, do not combine separate contributions. H and r block free online For example, if you gave your church $25 each week, your weekly payments do not have to be combined. H and r block free online Each payment is a separate contribution. H and r block free online   If contributions are made by payroll deduction, the deduction from each paycheck is treated as a separate contribution. H and r block free online   If you made a payment that is partly for goods and services, as described earlier under Contributions From Which You Benefit , your contribution is the amount of the payment that is more than the value of the goods and services. H and r block free online Acknowledgment. H and r block free online   The acknowledgment must meet these tests. H and r block free online It must be written. H and r block free online It must include: The amount of cash you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b) (other than intangible religious benefits), and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. H and r block free online The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit. H and r block free online An intangible religious benefit is a benefit that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside a donative (gift) context. H and r block free online An example is admission to a religious ceremony. H and r block free online You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. H and r block free online   If the acknowledgment does not show the date of the contribution, you must also have a bank record or receipt, as described earlier, that does show the date of the contribution. H and r block free online If the acknowledgment shows the date of the contribution and meets the other tests just described, you do not need any other records. H and r block free online Payroll deductions. H and r block free online   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction and your employer withholds $250 or more from a single paycheck, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the amount withheld as a contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization and states the organization does not provide goods or services in return for any contribution made to it by payroll deduction. H and r block free online A single pledge card may be kept for all contributions made by payroll deduction regardless of amount as long as it contains all the required information. H and r block free online   If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document does not show the date of the contribution, you must have another document that does show the date of the contribution. H and r block free online If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document shows the date of the contribution, you do not need any other records except those just described in (1) and (2). H and r block free online Noncash Contributions For a contribution not made in cash, the records you must keep depend on whether your deduction for the contribution is: Less than $250, At least $250 but not more than $500, Over $500 but not more than $5,000, or Over $5,000. H and r block free online Amount of deduction. H and r block free online   In figuring whether your deduction is $500 or more, combine your claimed deductions for all similar items of property donated to any charitable organization during the year. H and r block free online   If you received goods or services in return, as described earlier in Contributions From Which You Benefit , reduce your contribution by the value of those goods or services. H and r block free online If you figure your deduction by reducing the fair market value of the donated property by its appreciation, as described earlier in Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , your contribution is the reduced amount. H and r block free online Deductions of Less Than $250 If you make any noncash contribution, you must get and keep a receipt from the charitable organization showing: The name of the charitable organization, The date and location of the charitable contribution, and A reasonably detailed description of the property. H and r block free online A letter or other written communication from the charitable organization acknowledging receipt of the contribution and containing the information in (1), (2), and (3) will serve as a receipt. H and r block free online You are not required to have a receipt where it is impractical to get one (for example, if you leave property at a charity's unattended drop site). H and r block free online Additional records. H and r block free online   You must also keep reliable written records for each item of contributed property. H and r block free online Your written records must include the following information. H and r block free online The name and address of the organization to which you contributed. H and r block free online The date and location of the contribution. H and r block free online A description of the property in detail reasonable under the circumstances. H and r block free online For a security, keep the name of the issuer, the type of security, and whether it is regularly traded on a stock exchange or in an over-the-counter market. H and r block free online The fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution and how you figured the fair market value. H and r block free online If it was determined by appraisal, keep a signed copy of the appraisal. H and r block free online The cost or other basis of the property, if you must reduce its fair market value by appreciation. H and r block free online Your records should also include the amount of the reduction and how you figured it. H and r block free online The amount you claim as a deduction for the tax year as a result of the contribution, if you contribute less than your entire interest in the property during the tax year. H and r block free online Your records must include the amount you claimed as a deduction in any earlier years for contributions of other interests in this property. H and r block free online They must also include the name and address of each organization to which you contributed the other interests, the place where any such tangible property is located or kept, and the name of any person in possession of the property, other than the organization to which you contributed it. H and r block free online The terms of any conditions attached to the contribution of property. H and r block free online Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 If you claim a deduction of at least $250 but not more than $500 for a noncash charitable contribution, you must get and keep an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization. H and r block free online If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that shows your total contributions. H and r block free online The acknowledgment must contain the information in items (1) through (3) under Deductions of Less Than $250 , earlier, and your written records must include the information listed in that discussion under Additional records . H and r block free online The acknowledgment must also meet these tests. H and r block free online It must be written. H and r block free online It must include: A description (but not necessarily the value) of any property you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), and A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b). H and r block free online If the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in a commercial transaction outside the donative context, the acknowledgment must say so and does not need to describe or estimate the value of the benefit. H and r block free online You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. H and r block free online Deductions Over $500 You are required to give additional information if you claim a deduction over $500 for noncash charitable contributions. H and r block free online See Records To Keep in Publication 526 for more information. H and r block free online Out-of-Pocket Expenses If you give services to a qualified organization and have unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses related to those services, the following two rules apply. H and r block free online You must have adequate records to prove the amount of the expenses. H and r block free online If any of your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, considered separately, are $250 or more (for example, you pay $250 or more for an airline ticket to attend a convention of a qualified organization as a chosen representative), you must get an acknowledgment from the qualified organization that contains: A description of the services you provided, A statement of whether or not the organization provided you any goods or services to reimburse you for the expenses you incurred, A description and a good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services (other than intangible religious benefits) provided to reimburse you, and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. H and r block free online The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit (defined earlier under Acknowledgment ). H and r block free online You must get the acknowledgment on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. H and r block free online Car expenses. H and r block free online   If you claim expenses directly related to use of your car in giving services to a qualified organization, you must keep reliable written records of your expenses. H and r block free online Whether your records are considered reliable depends on all the facts and circumstances. H and r block free online Generally, they may be considered reliable if you made them regularly and at or near the time you had the expenses. H and r block free online   For example, your records might show the name of the organization you were serving and the dates you used your car for a charitable purpose. H and r block free online If you use the standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile, your records must show the miles you drove your car for the charitable purpose. H and r block free online If you deduct your actual expenses, your records must show the costs of operating the car that are directly related to a charitable purpose. H and r block free online   See Car expenses under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, earlier, for the expenses you can deduct. H and r block free online How To Report Report your charitable contributions on Schedule A (Form 1040). H and r block free online If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you must also file Form 8283. H and r block free online See How To Report in Publication 526 for more information. H and r block free online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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H and r block free online Publication 530 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Reminders IntroductionOrdering forms and publications. H and r block free online Tax questions. H and r block free online Useful Items - You may want to see: What's New Simplified method for business use of home deduction. H and r block free online  The IRS now provides a simplified method to determine your expenses for business use of your home. H and r block free online For more information, see the Instructions for Schedule C (Form 1040). H and r block free online Reminders Future developments. H and r block free online  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 530, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. H and r block free online irs. H and r block free online gov/pub530. H and r block free online Residential energy credits. H and r block free online  You may be able to take a credit if you made energy saving improvements to your home located in the United States in 2013. H and r block free online See Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, for more information. H and r block free online Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). H and r block free online  If you benefit from Pay-for-Performance Success Payments, the payments are not taxable under HAMP. H and r block free online Hardest Hit Fund and Emergency Homeowners' Loan Programs. H and r block free online  If you are a homeowner who received assistance under a State Housing Finance Agency Hardest Hit Fund program or an Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program, you may be able to deduct all of the payments you made on your mortgage during the year. H and r block free online For details, see Hardest Hit Fund and Emergency Homeowners' Loan Programs under What You Can and Cannot Deduct, later. H and r block free online Mortgage debt forgiveness. H and r block free online  You can exclude from gross income any discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness made after 2006 and before 2014. H and r block free online You must reduce the basis of your principal residence (but not below zero) by the amount you exclude. H and r block free online See Discharges of qualified principal residence indebtedness , later, and Form 982, Reduction of Tax Attributes Due to Discharge of Indebtedness (and Section 1082 Basis Adjustment), for more information. H and r block free online Repayment of first-time homebuyer credit. H and r block free online  Generally, you must repay any credit you claimed for a home you bought if you disposed of the home or it ceased to be your main home in 2013. H and r block free online If you bought the home in 2008 and you owned and used it as your main home for all of 2013, you generally must continue repaying the credit with your 2013 tax return, but you do not have to attach Form 5405, Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. H and r block free online See Form 5405 and its instructions for details and for exceptions to the repayment rule. H and r block free online Photographs of missing children. H and r block free online  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. H and r block free online Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. H and r block free online 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. H and r block free online Introduction This publication provides tax information for homeowners. H and r block free online Your home may be a house, condominium, cooperative apartment, mobile home, houseboat, or house trailer that contains sleeping space and toilet and cooking facilities. H and r block free online The following topics are explained. H and r block free online How you treat items such as settlement and closing costs, real estate taxes, sales taxes, home mortgage interest, and repairs. H and r block free online What you can and cannot deduct on your tax return. H and r block free online The tax credit you can claim if you received a mortgage credit certificate when you bought your home. H and r block free online Why you should keep track of adjustments to the basis of your home. H and r block free online (Your home's basis generally is what it cost; adjustments include the cost of any improvements you might make. H and r block free online ) What records you should keep as proof of the basis and adjusted basis. H and r block free online Comments and suggestions. H and r block free online   We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. H and r block free online   You can write to us at the following address: Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms and Publications Division 1111 Constitution Ave. H and r block free online NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224   We respond to many letters by telephone. H and r block free online Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. H and r block free online   You can send your comments from www. H and r block free online irs. H and r block free online gov/formspubs/. H and r block free online Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications”. 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H and r block free online Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 523 Selling Your Home 527 Residential Rental Property 547 Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts 551 Basis of Assets 555 Community Property 587 Business Use of Your Home 936 Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Form (and Instructions) 5405 Repayment of the First-Time Homebuyer Credit 5695 Residential Energy Credits 8396 Mortgage Interest Credit See How To Get Tax Help , near the end of this publication, for information about getting publications and forms. H and r block free online Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications