Deductible charity contribution means gift made to qualified organization. Donation needs to be voluntary without any anticipation of reward.

Types of charity donation

Cash donation

  • Money is gifted either by credit card, check, payroll deduction, or electronic funds transfer.
  • Obtain a receipt for tax deduction qualification.
Charity donation form

Clothing, household item and food donations

  • Donated item can be new of if used need to be in good condition.
  • Determining the donated item value has no specific algorithm but guidance from IRS Publication 561.

Car & vehicle donations

  • Donation value will get determined by how vehicle gets used by the charitable organization.
  • Organization provides documentation on how vehicle will be used or if sold its selling price.
  • Read donors guide for vehicle donations to get an insight about taxable deductions.

List of qualified charitable organizations

  • Local, state, and federal governments
  • Places of worship or religious organizations
  • Non-profit hospitals & health clinics
  • Recreational facilities & public parks
  • War veteran groups
  • Non-profit schools & educational organizations
  • Scientific organizations
  • Literacy promotional organizations
  • Animal & child protection organization
  • Service organizations
  • Organizations registered with IRS

Online IRS check tool helps to ensure that the specific organization falls under charitable tax deduction.

Can transportable cost be deducted?

  • Travelling to and fro in your personal car to perform charitable services allows you to deduct transportation costs.
  • Volunteers of qualified charitable organization are eligible to deduct expenses related to charity service performed.
  • Expenses against housing student, who is sponsored by qualified charitable organization, get approved for tax deduction.