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How to file state taxes free Publication 4492-A - Main Contents Table of Contents DefinitionsKansas Disaster Area Storms and Tornadoes Casualty and Theft Losses Replacement Period for Nonrecognition of Gain Net Operating Losses IRAs and Other Retirement PlansDefinitions Taxation of Qualified Recovery Assistance Distributions Repayment of Qualified Recovery Assistance Distributions How To Report Qualified Recovery Assistance Distributions Repayment of Qualified Distributions for the Purchase or Construction of a Main Home Loans From Qualified Plans Additional Tax Relief for BusinessesSpecial Depreciation Allowance Increased Section 179 Deduction Employee Retention Credit Demolition and Clean-up Costs Request for Copy or Transcript of Tax Return How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). How to file state taxes free Definitions The following definitions are used throughout this publication. How to file state taxes free Kansas Disaster Area The Kansas disaster area covers the Kansas counties of Barton, Clay, Cloud, Comanche, Dickinson, Edwards, Ellsworth, Kiowa, Leavenworth, Lyon, McPherson, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, Smith, and Stafford. How to file state taxes free Storms and Tornadoes The term “storms and tornadoes” as used in this publication, refers to the storms and tornadoes that began on May 4, 2007, and affected the Kansas disaster area (defined above). How to file state taxes free Casualty and Theft Losses The following paragraphs explain changes to casualty and theft losses that occurred in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free Limits on personal casualty or theft losses in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free   Losses of personal use property that arose in the Kansas disaster area after May 3, 2007, are not subject to the $100 or 10% of adjusted gross income limits. How to file state taxes free Qualifying losses include losses from casualties and thefts that arose in the disaster area and that were attributable to the storms and tornadoes. How to file state taxes free When to deduct the loss. How to file state taxes free   Casualty and theft losses are generally deductible only in the year the casualty occurred or the theft was discovered. How to file state taxes free However, the Kansas disaster area is a Presidentially declared disaster. How to file state taxes free Therefore, you could have elected to deduct losses from these storms and tornadoes on your tax return for the previous year. How to file state taxes free The deadline for making this election has expired. 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How to file state taxes free 2005 Form 8915, page 2, Illustrated Example 1 This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. How to file state taxes free Please click the link to view the image. How to file state taxes free Form 8606, page 1, Illustrated Example 1 2008 Qualified Recovery Assistance Distributions If you received a distribution in 2008 from an eligible retirement plan, you may be able to designate it as a qualified recovery assistance distribution. How to file state taxes free See Qualified recovery assistance distribution on page 3. How to file state taxes free You will need to complete and attach Form 8915 and Form 8606 (if required) to your 2008 income tax return for any qualified recovery assistance distributions. How to file state taxes free See Form 8915 and Form 8606 below. How to file state taxes free Form 8915. How to file state taxes free   For a 2008 qualified recovery assistance distribution, you will need to complete the 2006 Form 8915. 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How to file state taxes free ” To the right of the title, cross out “2005” and enter “2006” or “2007. How to file state taxes free ” Enter only the year the distribution was received. How to file state taxes free Cross out “Hurricane” in the title of Part IV and enter “Kansas. How to file state taxes free ” In the sentence below the title of Part IV, cross out “March 1, 2006” and enter “October 23, 2008. How to file state taxes free ” On line 24, cross out “March 1, 2006” and enter “October 23, 2008. How to file state taxes free ” You can now complete Part IV of Form 8915. How to file state taxes free Use the applicable dates and terms in this publication instead of those used in the 2005 Form 8915 instructions to complete the form. How to file state taxes free Attach Form 8915 to your original or amended return for the year of the distribution. How to file state taxes free Amended return. 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How to file state taxes free Computer software that is readily available for purchase by the general public, is subject to a nonexclusive license, and has not been substantially modified. How to file state taxes free (The cost of some computer software is treated as part of the cost of hardware and is depreciated under MACRS. How to file state taxes free ) Qualified leasehold improvement property. How to file state taxes free Nonresidential real property and residential rental property. How to file state taxes free   For more information on this property, see Publication 946. How to file state taxes free Other tests to be met. How to file state taxes free   To be qualified recovery assistance property, the property must also meet all of the following tests. How to file state taxes free You must have acquired the property, by purchase, after May 4, 2007, but only if no binding written contract for the acquisition was in effect before May 5, 2007. How to file state taxes free The property must be placed in service before 2009 (2010 in the case of nonresidential real property and residential rental property). How to file state taxes free Substantially all of the use of the property must be in the Kansas disaster area and in the active conduct of your trade or business in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free The original use of the property in the Kansas disaster area must begin with you after May 4, 2007. How to file state taxes free Used property can be qualified recovery assistance property if it has not previously been used within the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free Also, additional capital expenditures you incurred after May 4, 2007, to recondition or rebuild your property meet the original use test if the original use of the property in the Kansas disaster area began with you. How to file state taxes free Excepted property. How to file state taxes free   Qualified recovery assistance property does not include any of the following. How to file state taxes free Property required to be depreciated using the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). How to file state taxes free Property any portion of which is financed with the proceeds of a tax-exempt obligation under section 103. How to file state taxes free Property for which you are claiming a commercial revitalization deduction. How to file state taxes free Property in the same class as that for which you elected not to claim the special allowance for qualified recovery assistance property. How to file state taxes free Property placed in service and disposed of in the same tax year. How to file state taxes free Property converted from business use to personal use in the same tax year it is placed in service. How to file state taxes free Property converted from personal use to business use in the same or later tax year may be qualified recovery assistance property. How to file state taxes free Recapture of special allowance. How to file state taxes free   If, in any year after the year you claim the special allowance, the property ceases to be qualified recovery assistance property, you may have to recapture as ordinary income any excess benefit you received from claiming the special allowance. How to file state taxes free Amended return. How to file state taxes free   If you have already filed your tax return, you may have to amend that return to claim any special allowance. How to file state taxes free Additional guidance will be published on how you may claim, or elect not to claim, the special allowance if you have already filed your tax return. How to file state taxes free Increased Section 179 Deduction An increased section 179 deduction is allowable for qualified section 179 recovery assistance property (as defined later) placed in service in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free Increased dollar limit. How to file state taxes free   The limit on the section 179 deduction ($125,000 for 2007, $250,000 for 2008) is increased by the smaller of: $100,000, or The cost of qualified section 179 recovery assistance property placed in service during the year (including such property placed in service by your spouse, even if you are filing a separate return). How to file state taxes free   The amount for which you can make the election is reduced if the cost of all section 179 property you placed in service during the year exceeds $500,000 for 2007 and $800,000 for 2008 increased by the smaller of: $600,000, or The cost of qualified section 179 recovery assistance property placed in service during the year. How to file state taxes free Qualified section 179 recovery assistance property. How to file state taxes free   Qualified section 179 recovery assistance property is section 179 property that is qualified recovery assistance property (explained earlier under Special Depreciation Allowance). How to file state taxes free Section 179 property does not include nonresidential real property or residential rental property. How to file state taxes free For more information, including the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the section 179 deduction, see chapter 2 of Publication 946. How to file state taxes free Amended return. How to file state taxes free   If you have already filed your tax return, you may have to amend that return for any increased section 179 deduction. How to file state taxes free Employee Retention Credit An eligible employer who conducted an active trade or business in the Kansas disaster area can claim the employee retention credit. How to file state taxes free The credit is 40% of qualified wages for each eligible employee (up to a maximum of $6,000 in qualified wages per employee). How to file state taxes free Generally, you must reduce your deduction for salaries and wages by the amount of this credit (before the tax liability limit). How to file state taxes free Use Form 5884-A to claim the credit. How to file state taxes free See Form 5884-A later. How to file state taxes free The following rules and definitions apply. How to file state taxes free Employers affected by the storms and tornadoes. How to file state taxes free   The following definitions apply to employers affected by the storms and tornadoes. How to file state taxes free Eligible employer. How to file state taxes free   For this purpose, an eligible employer is any employer who meets all of the following. How to file state taxes free Employed an average of not more than 200 employees on business days during the tax year before May 4, 2007. How to file state taxes free Conducted an active trade or business on May 4, 2007, in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free Whose trade or business was inoperable on any day after May 4, 2007, and before January 1, 2008, because of damage caused by the storms and tornadoes. How to file state taxes free Eligible employee. How to file state taxes free   For this purpose, an eligible employee is an employee whose principal place of employment on May 4, 2007, with the eligible employer was in the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free An employee is not an eligible employee for purposes of the storms and tornadoes if the employee is treated as an eligible employee for the work opportunity credit. How to file state taxes free Qualified wages. How to file state taxes free   Qualified wages are wages you paid or incurred before January 1, 2008, (up to $6,000 per employee) for an eligible employee beginning on the date your trade or business first became inoperable at the employee's principal place of employment immediately before May 4, 2007, and ending on the date your trade or business resumed significant operations at that place. How to file state taxes free In addition, the wages must have been paid or incurred after May 4, 2007. How to file state taxes free    This includes wages paid even if the employee performed no services, performed services at a place of employment other than the principal place of employment, or performed services at the principal place of employment before significant operations resumed. How to file state taxes free    Wages qualifying for the credit generally have the same meaning as wages subject to the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). How to file state taxes free Qualified wages also include amounts you paid for medical or hospitalization expenses in connection with sickness or accident disability. How to file state taxes free Qualified wages for any employee must be reduced by the amount of any work supplementation payment you received under the Social Security Act. How to file state taxes free   For agricultural employees, if the work performed by any employee during more than half of any pay period qualified under FUTA as agricultural labor, that employee's wages subject to social security and Medicare taxes are qualified wages. How to file state taxes free For a special rule that applies to railroad employees, see section 51(h)(1)(B). How to file state taxes free   Qualified wages do not include the following. How to file state taxes free Wages paid to your dependent or a related individual. How to file state taxes free See section 51(i)(1). How to file state taxes free Wages paid to any employee during the period for which you received payment for the employee from a federally funded on-the-job training program. How to file state taxes free Wages for services of replacement workers during a strike or lockout. How to file state taxes free Form 5884-A. How to file state taxes free   Use Section A of Form 5884-A (Rev. How to file state taxes free October 2006) to claim the employer retention credit. How to file state taxes free Section B does not apply to the Kansas disaster area. How to file state taxes free Before you complete the form, modify the form as follows. How to file state taxes free Cross out “Hurricane Katrina, Rita, or Wilma” in the title at the top of the form and enter “Kansas Storms and Tornadoes. How to file state taxes free ” On line 1a cross out “Hurricane Katrina” and enter “Kansas Storms and Tornadoes,” cross out “August 28, 2005,” and enter “May 4, 2007,” and cross out “January 1, 2006,” and enter “January 1, 2008. How to file state taxes free ”   Complete the form as instructed. How to file state taxes free Lines 1b and 1c do not apply. How to file state taxes free Include the amount from Form 5884-A, line 4 in the amount entered on Form 3800, line 1x. How to file state taxes free On the dotted line to the left of line 1x, enter “5884-A. How to file state taxes free ” Use the applicable dates and terms in this publication instead of those used in the Form 5884-A instructions. How to file state taxes free Amended return. How to file state taxes free   You may have to amend a previously filed return to claim the employee retention credit. How to file state taxes free Demolition and Clean-up Costs You can elect to deduct 50% of any qualified recovery assistance clean-up costs for the tax year in which the costs are paid or incurred, instead of capitalizing them. How to file state taxes free Qualified recovery assistance clean-up costs are any amounts paid or incurred after May 3, 2007, and before January 1, 2010, for the removal of debris from, or the demolition of structures on, real property located in the Kansas disaster area that is: Held by you for use in a trade or business or for the production of income, or Inventory or other property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. How to file state taxes free Amended return. How to file state taxes free   If you have already filed your tax return, you may have to amend that return to claim the 50% of any qualified recovery assistance clean-up costs. 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How to file state taxes free 24. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Household items. How to file state taxes free Deduction more than $500. How to file state taxes free Form 1098-C. How to file state taxes free Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. How to file state taxes free Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. How to file state taxes free Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. How to file state taxes free Deduction $500 or less. How to file state taxes free Right to use property. How to file state taxes free Tangible personal property. How to file state taxes free Future interest. How to file state taxes free Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value When To DeductChecks. How to file state taxes free Text message. How to file state taxes free Credit card. How to file state taxes free Pay-by-phone account. How to file state taxes free Stock certificate. How to file state taxes free Promissory note. How to file state taxes free Option. How to file state taxes free Borrowed funds. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free It discusses the following topics. How to file state taxes free The types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions. How to file state taxes free The types of contributions you can deduct. How to file state taxes free How much you can deduct. How to file state taxes free What records you must keep. How to file state taxes free How to report your charitable contributions. How to file state taxes free A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. How to file state taxes free Form 1040 required. How to file state taxes free    To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. How to file state taxes free The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this chapter apply to you. How to file state taxes free The limits are explained in detail in Publication 526. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Most organizations other than churches and governments must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. How to file state taxes free   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. How to file state taxes free Or go to IRS. How to file state taxes free gov. How to file state taxes free Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. How to file state taxes free irs. How to file state taxes free gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). How to file state taxes free This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. How to file state taxes free You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. How to file state taxes free Call 1-877-829-5500. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. How to file state taxes free gsa. How to file state taxes free gov/fedrelay. How to file state taxes free Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. How to file state taxes free War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). How to file state taxes free Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. How to file state taxes free (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. How to file state taxes free ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. How to file state taxes free (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. How to file state taxes free ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. How to file state taxes free S. How to file state taxes free possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. How to file state taxes free S. How to file state taxes free possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. How to file state taxes free (Your contribution to this type of organization is only deductible if it is to be used solely for public purposes. How to file state taxes free ) Examples. How to file state taxes free    The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. How to file state taxes free Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. How to file state taxes free Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. How to file state taxes free Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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 . How to file state taxes free Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. How to file state taxes free Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. How to file state taxes free Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. How to file state taxes free Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. How to file state taxes free Civil defense organizations. How to file state taxes free Certain foreign charitable organizations. How to file state taxes free   Under income tax treaties with Canada, Israel, and Mexico, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. How to file state taxes free Generally, you must have income from sources in that country. How to file state taxes free For additional information on the deduction of contributions to Canadian charities, see Publication 597, Information on the United States–Canada Income Tax Treaty. How to file state taxes free If you need more information on how to figure your contribution to Mexican and Israeli charities, see Publication 526. How to file state taxes free Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free See Contributions of Property , later in this chapter. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free See Limits on Deductions , later. How to file state taxes free In addition, the total of your charitable contribution deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. How to file state taxes free See chapter 29. How to file state taxes free Table 24-1 gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. How to file state taxes free If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free Example 1. How to file state taxes free You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. How to file state taxes free Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. How to file state taxes free The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. How to file state taxes free When you buy your ticket, you know that its value is less than your payment. How to file state taxes free To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). How to file state taxes free You can deduct $40 as a contribution to the church. How to file state taxes free Example 2. How to file state taxes free At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. How to file state taxes free The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. How to file state taxes free You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free Athletic events. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. How to file state taxes free Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. How to file state taxes free You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free Example 1. How to file state taxes free You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free Table 24-1. How to file state taxes free Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. How to file state taxes free See the rest of this chapter for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. How to file state taxes free The result is $180. How to file state taxes free Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). How to file state taxes free Charity benefit events. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. How to file state taxes free If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. How to file state taxes free Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. How to file state taxes free However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. How to file state taxes free    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. How to file state taxes free If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free Printed on the ticket is “Contribution—$40. How to file state taxes free ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). How to file state taxes free Membership fees or dues. How to file state taxes free    You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. How to file state taxes free    You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. How to file state taxes free They are not qualified organizations. How to file state taxes free Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 20. How to file state taxes free Token items. How to file state taxes free   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. How to file state taxes free You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Written statement. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. How to file state taxes free   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. How to file state taxes free Exception. How to file state taxes free   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. How to file state taxes free You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described earlier. How to file state taxes free Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. How to file state taxes free Any month when conditions (1) through (3) are met for 15 days or more counts as a full month. How to file state taxes free For additional information, see Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in Publication 526. How to file state taxes free Mutual exchange program. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Table 24-2. How to file state taxes free Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. How to file state taxes free All of the rules explained in this chapter also apply. How to file state taxes free See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . How to file state taxes free Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. How to file state taxes free Can I deduct $60 a week for my time?    No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. How to file state taxes free The office is 30 miles from my home. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free If you don't want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. How to file state taxes free I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see chapter 32. How to file state taxes free ) 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Table 24-2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. How to file state taxes free Conventions. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free However, see Travel , later. How to file state taxes free   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. How to file state taxes free You also cannot deduct transportation, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. How to file state taxes free    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. How to file state taxes free You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. How to file state taxes free Uniforms. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Foster parents. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. How to file state taxes free    You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. How to file state taxes free They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. How to file state taxes free They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free For details, see chapter 3. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. How to file state taxes free Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. How to file state taxes free Car expenses. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. How to file state taxes free    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. How to file state taxes free   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. How to file state taxes free   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. How to file state taxes free For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. How to file state taxes free Travel. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. How to file state taxes free You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. How to file state taxes free   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Example 1. How to file state taxes free You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. How to file state taxes free You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. How to file state taxes free You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. How to file state taxes free You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. How to file state taxes free You can deduct your travel expenses. How to file state taxes free Example 2. How to file state taxes free You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. How to file state taxes free The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. How to file state taxes free In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. How to file state taxes free Example 3. How to file state taxes free You work for several hours each morning on an archaeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. How to file state taxes free The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. How to file state taxes free You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. How to file state taxes free Example 4. How to file state taxes free You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. How to file state taxes free In the evening you go to the theater. How to file state taxes free You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. How to file state taxes free Daily allowance (per diem). How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. How to file state taxes free Deductible travel expenses. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business-related expenses. How to file state taxes free For information on business travel expenses, see Travel Expenses in chapter 26. How to file state taxes free Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct, such as those made to specific individuals and those made to nonqualified organizations. How to file state taxes free (See Contributions to Individuals and Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations , next. How to file state taxes free ) There are others you can deduct only part of, as discussed later under Contributions From Which You Benefit . How to file state taxes free Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. How to file state taxes free Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of deceased members. How to file state taxes free Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. How to file state taxes free You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. How to file state taxes free However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. How to file state taxes free Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. How to file state taxes free Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free Your son does missionary work. How to file state taxes free You pay his expenses. How to file state taxes free You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. How to file state taxes free Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. How to file state taxes free You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, a state, or other qualified organization. How to file state taxes free Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations (but see chapter 28). How to file state taxes free Civic leagues and associations. How to file state taxes free Communist organizations. How to file state taxes free Country clubs and other social clubs. How to file state taxes free Most foreign organizations (other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations). How to file state taxes free For details, see Publication 526. How to file state taxes free Homeowners' associations. How to file state taxes free Labor unions (but see chapter 28). How to file state taxes free Political organizations and candidates. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. How to file state taxes free These contributions include the following. How to file state taxes free Contributions for lobbying. How to file state taxes free This includes amounts that you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. How to file state taxes free Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. How to file state taxes free Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. How to file state taxes free Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. How to file state taxes free However, see Membership fees or dues , earlier, under Contributions You Can Deduct. How to file state taxes free Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free ” 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. How to file state taxes free Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. How to file state taxes free See Adopted child in chapter 3. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. How to file state taxes free See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Clothing and household items. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Exception. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Household items. How to file state taxes free   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. How to file state taxes free   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. How to file state taxes free Cars, boats, and airplanes. How to file state taxes free    The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Deduction more than $500. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Form 1098-C. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. How to file state taxes free    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. How to file state taxes free But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. How to file state taxes free Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. How to file state taxes free   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. How to file state taxes free Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. How to file state taxes free You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U. How to file state taxes free S. How to file state taxes free Individual Income Tax Return. How to file state taxes free  For more information, see Automatic Extension in chapter 1. How to file state taxes free File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. How to file state taxes free After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, claiming the deduction. How to file state taxes free Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. How to file state taxes free For more information about amended returns, see Amended Returns and Claims for Refund in chapter 1. How to file state taxes free Exceptions. How to file state taxes free   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. How to file state taxes free Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. How to file state taxes free Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. How to file state taxes free   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. How to file state taxes free In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. How to file state taxes free She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. How to file state taxes free A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. How to file state taxes free However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. How to file state taxes free Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. How to file state taxes free If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. How to file state taxes free She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. How to file state taxes free Deduction $500 or less. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Partial interest in property. How to file state taxes free   Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. How to file state taxes free Right to use property. How to file state taxes free   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. How to file state taxes free For exceptions and more information, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. How to file state taxes free Future interests in tangible personal property. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Tangible personal property. How to file state taxes free   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. How to file state taxes free It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. How to file state taxes free Future interest. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. How to file state taxes free Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Used clothing and household items. How to file state taxes free   The fair market value of used clothing and household goods is usually far less than what you paid for them when they were new. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free See Household Goods in Publication 561 for information on the valuation of household goods, such as furniture, appliances, and linens. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free Dawn Greene donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. How to file state taxes free She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. How to file state taxes free Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. How to file state taxes free The fair market value of the coat is $50. How to file state taxes free Dawn's donation is limited to $50. How to file state taxes free Cars, boats, and airplanes. How to file state taxes free   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The guides may be published monthly or seasonally and for different regions of the country. How to file state taxes free These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. How to file state taxes free The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. How to file state taxes free But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. How to file state taxes free   You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. How to file state taxes free A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. How to file state taxes free However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. How to file state taxes free The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. How to file state taxes free Large quantities. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You cannot claim a deduction for the difference between the property's basis and its fair market value. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Your basis in property is generally what you paid for it. How to file state taxes free See chapter 13 if you need more information about basis. How to file state taxes free Different rules apply to figuring your deduction, depending on whether the property is: Ordinary income property, or Capital gain property. How to file state taxes free Ordinary income property. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Amount of deduction. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Generally, this rule limits the deduction to your basis in the property. How to file state taxes free Example. How to file state taxes free You donate stock you held for 5 months to your church. How to file state taxes free The fair market value of the stock on the day you donate it is $1,000, but you paid only $800 (your basis). How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free Capital gain property. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Amount of deduction — general rule. How to file state taxes free   When figuring your deduction for a contribution of capital gain property, you generally can use the fair market value of the property. How to file state taxes free Exceptions. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Generally, this means reducing the fair market value to the property's cost or other basis. How to file state taxes free Bargain sales. How to file state taxes free   A bargain sale of property is a sale or exchange for less than the property's fair market value. How to file state taxes free A bargain sale to a qualified organization is partly a charitable contribution and partly a sale or exchange. How to file state taxes free A bargain sale may result in a taxable gain. How to file state taxes free More information. How to file state taxes free   For more information on donating appreciated property, see Giving Property That Has Increased in Value in Publication 526. How to file state taxes free 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 ). How to file state taxes free This applies whether you use the cash or an accrual method of accounting. How to file state taxes free Time of making contribution. How to file state taxes free   Usually, you make a contribution at the time of its unconditional delivery. How to file state taxes free Checks. How to file state taxes free   A check you mail to a charity is considered delivered on the date you mail it. How to file state taxes free Text message. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Credit card. How to file state taxes free    Contributions charged on your credit card are deductible in the year you make the charge. How to file state taxes free Pay-by-phone account. How to file state taxes free    Contributions made through a pay-by-phone account are considered delivered on the date the financial institution pays the amount. How to file state taxes free Stock certificate. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Promissory note. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Option. How to file state taxes free    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. How to file state taxes free Borrowed funds. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Limits on Deductions The amount you can deduct for charitable contributions cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free If your total contributions for the year are 20% or less of your AGI, these limits do not apply to you. How to file state taxes free The limits are discussed in detail under Limits on Deductions in Publication 526. How to file state taxes free A higher limit applies to certain qualified conservation contributions. How to file state taxes free See Publication 526 for details. How to file state taxes free Carryovers You can carry over any contributions you cannot deduct in the current year because they exceed your adjusted-gross-income limits. How to file state taxes free You can deduct the excess in each of the next 5 years until it is used up, but not beyond that time. How to file state taxes free For more information, see Carryovers in Publication 526. How to file state taxes free Records To Keep You must keep records to prove the amount of the contributions you make during the year. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Note. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free (See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. How to file state taxes free ) Keep the statement for your records. How to file state taxes free It may satisfy all or part of the recordkeeping requirements explained in the following discussions. How to file state taxes free Cash Contributions Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction. How to file state taxes free You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep one of the following. How to file state taxes free A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. How to file state taxes free Bank records may include: A canceled check, A bank or credit union statement, or A credit card statement. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The payroll deduction records described next. How to file state taxes free Payroll deductions. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free If your employer withheld $250 or more from a single paycheck, see Contributions of $250 or More , next. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Amount of contribution. How to file state taxes free   In figuring whether your contribution is $250 or more, do not combine separate contributions. How to file state taxes free For example, if you gave your church $25 each week, your weekly payments do not have to be combined. How to file state taxes free Each payment is a separate contribution. How to file state taxes free   If contributions are made by payroll deduction, the deduction from each paycheck is treated as a separate contribution. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Acknowledgment. How to file state taxes free   The acknowledgment must meet these tests. How to file state taxes free It must be written. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit. How to file state taxes free An intangible religious benefit is a benefit that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside a donative (gift) context. How to file state taxes free An example is admission to a religious ceremony. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free If the acknowledgment shows the date of the contribution and meets the other tests just described, you do not need any other records. How to file state taxes free Payroll deductions. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Amount of deduction. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free Additional records. How to file state taxes free   You must also keep reliable written records for each item of contributed property. How to file state taxes free Your written records must include the following information. How to file state taxes free The name and address of the organization to which you contributed. How to file state taxes free The date and location of the contribution. How to file state taxes free A description of the property in detail reasonable under the circumstances. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution and how you figured the fair market value. How to file state taxes free If it was determined by appraisal, keep a signed copy of the appraisal. How to file state taxes free The cost or other basis of the property, if you must reduce its fair market value by appreciation. How to file state taxes free Your records should also include the amount of the reduction and how you figured it. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Your records must include the amount you claimed as a deduction in any earlier years for contributions of other interests in this property. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The terms of any conditions attached to the contribution of property. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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 . How to file state taxes free The acknowledgment must also meet these tests. How to file state taxes free It must be written. How to file state taxes free 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). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Deductions Over $500 You are required to give additional information if you claim a deduction over $500 for noncash charitable contributions. How to file state taxes free See Records To Keep in Publication 526 for more information. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free You must have adequate records to prove the amount of the expenses. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit (defined earlier under Acknowledgment ). How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free Car expenses. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free Whether your records are considered reliable depends on all the facts and circumstances. How to file state taxes free Generally, they may be considered reliable if you made them regularly and at or near the time you had the expenses. How to file state taxes free   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. How to file state taxes free 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. How to file state taxes free If you deduct your actual expenses, your records must show the costs of operating the car that are directly related to a charitable purpose. How to file state taxes free   See Car expenses under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, earlier, for the expenses you can deduct. How to file state taxes free How To Report Report your charitable contributions on Schedule A (Form 1040). How to file state taxes free If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you must also file Form 8283. How to file state taxes free See How To Report in Publication 526 for more information. How to file state taxes free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications