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Hr block free edition Publication 526 - Main Content Table of Contents 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 Expenses of Whaling Captains 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 to Donor-Advised Funds Partial Interest in Property Contributions of PropertyContributions Subject to Special Rules Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Penalty When To DeductChecks. Hr block free edition Text message. Hr block free edition Credit card. Hr block free edition Pay-by-phone account. Hr block free edition Stock certificate. Hr block free edition Promissory note. Hr block free edition Option. Hr block free edition Borrowed funds. Hr block free edition Conditional gift. Hr block free edition Limits on Deductions50% Limit 30% Limit Special 30% Limit for Capital Gain Property 20% Limit Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions How To Figure Your Deduction When Limits Apply Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To ReportReporting expenses for student living with you. Hr block free edition Total deduction over $500. Hr block free edition Deduction over $5,000 for one item. Hr block free edition Vehicle donations. Hr block free edition Clothing and household items not in good used condition. Hr block free edition Easement on building in historic district. Hr block free edition Deduction over $500,000. Hr block free edition How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. Hr block free edition Most organizations, other than churches and governments, must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. Hr block free edition How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. Hr block free edition   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. Hr block free edition Or go to IRS. Hr block free edition gov. Hr block free edition Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. Hr block free edition irs. Hr block free edition gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). Hr block free edition This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. Hr block free edition You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. Hr block free edition Call 1-877-829-5500. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Hr block free edition gsa. Hr block free edition gov/fedrelay. Hr block free edition Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. Hr block free edition 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). Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. Hr block free edition War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). Hr block free edition Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. Hr block free edition (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. Hr block free edition ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. Hr block free edition (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. Hr block free edition ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. Hr block free edition (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for public purposes. Hr block free edition ) Example 1. Hr block free edition You contribute cash to your city's police department to be used as a reward for information about a crime. Hr block free edition The city police department is a qualified organization, and your contribution is for a public purpose. Hr block free edition You can deduct your contribution. Hr block free edition Example 2. Hr block free edition You make a voluntary contribution to the social security trust fund, not earmarked for a specific account. Hr block free edition Because the trust fund is part of the U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition Government, you contributed to a qualified organization. Hr block free edition You can deduct your contribution. Hr block free edition Examples. Hr block free edition   The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. Hr block free edition Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. Hr block free edition Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. Hr block free edition Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition 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 . Hr block free edition Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. Hr block free edition Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. Hr block free edition Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. Hr block free edition Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. Hr block free edition Civil defense organizations. Hr block free edition Canadian charities. Hr block free edition   You may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian charitable organizations covered under an income tax treaty with Canada. Hr block free edition To deduct your contribution to a Canadian charity, you generally must have income from sources in Canada. Hr block free edition See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, for information on how to figure your deduction. Hr block free edition Mexican charities. Hr block free edition   Under the U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition -Mexico income tax treaty, a contribution to a Mexican charitable organization may be deductible, but only if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution to a public charity created or organized under U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition law. Hr block free edition To deduct your contribution to a Mexican charity, you must have income from sources in Mexico. Hr block free edition The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply and are figured using your income from Mexican sources. Hr block free edition Israeli charities. Hr block free edition   Under the U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition -Israel income tax treaty, a contribution to an Israeli charitable organization is deductible if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution if the organization had been created or organized under U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition law. Hr block free edition To deduct your contribution to an Israeli charity, you must have income from sources in Israel. Hr block free edition The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply. Hr block free edition The deduction is also limited to 25% of your adjusted gross income from Israeli sources. Hr block free edition Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition See Contributions of Property , later. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition In addition, the total of your charitable contributions deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. Hr block free edition See Limits on Deductions , later. Hr block free edition Table 1 in this publication gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. Hr block free edition If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition Example 1. Hr block free edition You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. Hr block free edition Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. Hr block free edition The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. Hr block free edition When you buy your ticket, you know its value is less than your payment. Hr block free edition To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). Hr block free edition You can deduct $40 as a charitable contribution to the church. Hr block free edition Example 2. Hr block free edition At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. Hr block free edition The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. Hr block free edition You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. Hr block free edition Athletic events. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. Hr block free edition Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. Hr block free edition You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition Example 1. Hr block free edition You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition Example 2. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. Hr block free edition The result is $180. Hr block free edition Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). Hr block free edition Charity benefit events. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. Hr block free edition If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. Hr block free edition Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. Hr block free edition However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. Hr block free edition    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. Hr block free edition If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. Hr block free edition Printed on the ticket is “Contribution–$40. Hr block free edition ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). Hr block free edition Membership fees or dues. Hr block free edition   You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. Hr block free edition However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. Hr block free edition   You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. Hr block free edition They are not qualified organizations. Hr block free edition Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. Hr block free edition   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you get them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition 20. Hr block free edition Token items. Hr block free edition   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. Hr block free edition You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition The organization determines whether the value of an item or benefit is substantial by using Revenue Procedures 90-12 and 92-49 and the inflation adjustment in Revenue Procedure 2012–41. Hr block free edition Written statement. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition The statement must say you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. Hr block free edition It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. Hr block free edition   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. Hr block free edition Exception. Hr block free edition   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. Hr block free edition You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described under Membership fees or dues , earlier. Hr block free edition Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. Hr block free edition 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 (defined later) as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative (defined later) or dependent (also defined later), and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. Hr block free edition You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. Hr block free edition Any month when conditions (1) through (3) above are met for 15 or more days counts as a full month. Hr block free edition Qualified organization. Hr block free edition   For these purposes, a qualified organization can be any of the organizations described earlier under Types of Qualified Organizations , except those in (4) and (5). Hr block free edition For example, if you are providing a home for a student as part of a state or local government program, you cannot deduct your expenses as charitable contributions. Hr block free edition But see Foster parents under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, later, if you provide the home as a foster parent. Hr block free edition Relative. Hr block free edition   The term “relative” means any of the following persons. Hr block free edition Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). Hr block free edition A legally adopted child is considered your child. Hr block free edition Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. Hr block free edition Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor. Hr block free edition Your stepfather or stepmother. Hr block free edition A son or daughter of your brother or sister. Hr block free edition A brother or sister of your father or mother. Hr block free edition Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. Hr block free edition Dependent. Hr block free edition   For this purpose, the term “dependent” means: A person you can claim as a dependent, or A person you could have claimed as a dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. Hr block free edition    Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition residents and cannot be claimed as dependents. Hr block free edition Qualifying expenses. Hr block free edition   You may be able to deduct the cost of books, tuition, food, clothing, transportation, medical and dental care, entertainment, and other amounts you actually spend for the well-being of the student. Hr block free edition Expenses that do not qualify. Hr block free edition   You cannot deduct depreciation on your home, the fair market value of lodging, and similar items not considered amounts actually spent by you. Hr block free edition Nor can you deduct general household expenses, such as taxes, insurance, and repairs. Hr block free edition Reimbursed expenses. Hr block free edition   In most cases, you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction if you are compensated or reimbursed for any part of the costs of having a student live with you. Hr block free edition However, you may be able to claim a charitable contribution deduction for the unreimbursed portion of your expenses if you are reimbursed only for an extraordinary or one-time item, such as a hospital bill or vacation trip, you paid in advance at the request of the student's parents or the sponsoring organization. Hr block free edition Mutual exchange program. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition Reporting expenses. Hr block free edition   For a list of what you must file with your return if you deduct expenses for a student living with you, see Reporting expenses for student living with you under How To Report, later. Hr block free edition Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Table 2. Hr block free edition Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. Hr block free edition All of the rules explained in this publication also apply. Hr block free edition See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . Hr block free edition Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. Hr block free edition The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. Hr block free edition Can I deduct $60 a week for my time? No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. Hr block free edition  The office is 30 miles from my home. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition If you do not want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. Hr block free edition I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. Hr block free edition ) 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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Table 2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. Hr block free edition Underprivileged youths selected by charity. Hr block free edition   You can deduct reasonable unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses you pay to allow underprivileged youths to attend athletic events, movies, or dinners. Hr block free edition The youths must be selected by a charitable organization whose goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency. Hr block free edition Your own similar expenses in accompanying the youths are not deductible. Hr block free edition Conventions. Hr block free edition   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct your unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight for the convention. Hr block free edition However, see Travel , later. Hr block free edition   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. Hr block free edition You also cannot deduct travel, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. Hr block free edition Uniforms. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition Foster parents. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. Hr block free edition   You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. Hr block free edition They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. Hr block free edition They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition For details, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. Hr block free edition Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. Hr block free edition Church deacon. Hr block free edition   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed expenses you have while in a permanent diaconate program established by your church. Hr block free edition These expenses include the cost of vestments, books, and transportation required in order to serve in the program as either a deacon candidate or an ordained deacon. Hr block free edition Car expenses. Hr block free edition   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. Hr block free edition You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. Hr block free edition   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. Hr block free edition For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. Hr block free edition Travel. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. Hr block free edition You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. Hr block free edition   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Example 1. Hr block free edition You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. Hr block free edition You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. Hr block free edition You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. Hr block free edition You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. Hr block free edition You can deduct your travel expenses. Hr block free edition Example 2. Hr block free edition You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. Hr block free edition The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. Hr block free edition In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. Hr block free edition Example 3. Hr block free edition You work for several hours each morning on an archeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. Hr block free edition The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. Hr block free edition You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. Hr block free edition Example 4. Hr block free edition You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. Hr block free edition In the evening you go to the theater. Hr block free edition You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. Hr block free edition Daily allowance (per diem). Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. Hr block free edition Deductible travel expenses. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business related expenses. Hr block free edition For information on business travel expenses, see Travel in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. Hr block free edition Expenses of Whaling Captains You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution any reasonable and necessary whaling expenses you pay during the year to carry out sanctioned whaling activities. Hr block free edition The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. Hr block free edition To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as a whaling captain charged with the responsibility of maintaining and carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. Hr block free edition Sanctioned whaling activities are subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities conducted under the management plan of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. Hr block free edition Whaling expenses include expenses for: Acquiring and maintaining whaling boats, weapons, and gear used in sanctioned whaling activities, Supplying food for the crew and other provisions for carrying out these activities, and Storing and distributing the catch from these activities. Hr block free edition You must keep records showing the time, place, date, amount, and nature of the expenses. Hr block free edition For details, see Revenue Procedure 2006-50, which is on page 944 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-47 at www. Hr block free edition irs. Hr block free edition gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-47. Hr block free edition pdf. Hr block free edition Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct and others you can deduct only in part. Hr block free edition You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution: A contribution to a specific individual, A contribution to a nonqualified organization, The part of a contribution from which you receive or expect to receive a benefit, The value of your time or services, Your personal expenses, A qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), Appraisal fees, Certain contributions to donor-advised funds, or Certain contributions of partial interests in property. Hr block free edition Detailed discussions of these items follow. Hr block free edition Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. Hr block free edition Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of members. Hr block free edition Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. Hr block free edition You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. Hr block free edition However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Hr block free edition Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. Hr block free edition Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition Your son does missionary work. Hr block free edition You pay his expenses. Hr block free edition You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. Hr block free edition Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. Hr block free edition You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, state, or other qualified organization. Hr block free edition Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations. Hr block free edition Civic leagues and associations. Hr block free edition Communist organizations. Hr block free edition Country clubs and other social clubs. Hr block free edition Foreign organizations other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. Hr block free edition (See Canadian charities , Mexican charities , and Israeli charities under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions, earlier. Hr block free edition ) Also, you cannot deduct a contribution you made to any qualifying organization if the contribution is earmarked to go to a foreign organization. Hr block free edition However, certain contributions to a qualified organization for use in a program conducted by a foreign charity may be deductible as long as they are not earmarked to go to the foreign charity. Hr block free edition For the contribution to be deductible, the qualified organization must approve the program as furthering its own exempt purposes and must keep control over the use of the contributed funds. Hr block free edition The contribution is also deductible if the foreign charity is only an administrative arm of the qualified organization. Hr block free edition Homeowners' associations. Hr block free edition Labor unions. Hr block free edition But you may be able to deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free edition See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. Hr block free edition Political organizations and candidates. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Hr block free edition These contributions include the following. Hr block free edition Contributions for lobbying. Hr block free edition This includes amounts you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. Hr block free edition Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. Hr block free edition Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529. Hr block free edition Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. Hr block free edition However, see Membership fees or dues under Contributions From Which You Benefit, earlier. Hr block free edition Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition ” Contributions connected with split-dollar insurance arrangements. Hr block free edition You cannot deduct any part of a contribution to a charitable organization if, in connection with the contribution, the organization directly or indirectly pays, has paid, or is expected to pay any premium on any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract for which you, any member of your family, or any other person chosen by you (other than a qualified charitable organization) is a beneficiary. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You donate money to a charitable organization. Hr block free edition The charity uses the money to purchase a cash value life insurance policy. Hr block free edition The beneficiaries under the insurance policy include members of your family. Hr block free edition Even though the charity may eventually get some benefit out of the insurance policy, you cannot deduct any part of the donation. Hr block free edition Qualified Charitable Distributions A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution made directly by the trustee of your individual retirement arrangement (IRA), other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to certain qualified organizations. Hr block free edition You must have been at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. Hr block free edition Your total QCDs for the year cannot be more than $100,000. Hr block free edition If all the requirements are met, a QCD is nontaxable, but you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for a QCD. Hr block free edition See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information about QCDs. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final. Hr block free edition However, you may be able to claim a tax credit for these expenses. Hr block free edition Also, you may be able to exclude from your gross income amounts paid or reimbursed by your employer for your adoption expenses. Hr block free edition See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions, for more information. Hr block free edition You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. Hr block free edition See Exemptions for Dependents in Publication 501 for more information. Hr block free edition Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property. Hr block free edition But you can claim them, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free edition See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Hr block free edition Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds You cannot deduct a contribution to a donor-advised fund if: The qualified organization that sponsors the fund is a war veterans' organization, a fraternal society, or a nonprofit cemetery company, or You do not have an acknowledgment from that sponsoring organization that it has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. Hr block free edition There are also other circumstances in which you cannot deduct your contribution to a donor-advised fund. Hr block free edition Generally, a donor-advised fund is a fund or account in which a donor can, because of being a donor, advise the fund how to distribute or invest amounts held in the fund. Hr block free edition For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(18). Hr block free edition Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Hr block free edition For details, see Partial Interest in Property under Contributions of Property, later. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. Hr block free edition See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Contributions Subject to Special Rules Special rules apply if you contribute: Clothing or household items, A car, boat, or airplane, Taxidermy property, Property subject to a debt, A partial interest in property, A fractional interest in tangible personal property, A qualified conservation contribution, A future interest in tangible personal property, Inventory from your business, or A patent or other intellectual property. Hr block free edition These special rules are described next. Hr block free edition Clothing and Household Items 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. Hr block free edition Exception. Hr block free edition   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or a 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. Hr block free edition Household items. Hr block free edition   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. Hr block free edition   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. Hr block free edition Fair market value. Hr block free edition   To determine the fair market value of these items, use the rules under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Hr block free edition Cars, Boats, and Airplanes The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Deduction more than $500. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Form 1098-C. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. Hr block free edition   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453, U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, 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. Hr block free edition   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. Hr block free edition    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. Hr block free edition But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. Hr block free edition Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Hr block free edition   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. Hr block free edition Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Hr block free edition You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition Individual Income Tax Return. Hr block free edition For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. Hr block free edition File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. Hr block free edition After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U. Hr block free edition S. Hr block free edition Individual Income Tax Return, claiming the deduction. Hr block free edition Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. Hr block free edition Exceptions. Hr block free edition   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. Hr block free edition Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Hr block free edition    Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Hr block free edition   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. Hr block free edition In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. Hr block free edition She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. Hr block free edition A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. Hr block free edition However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. Hr block free edition Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. Hr block free edition If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. Hr block free edition She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. Hr block free edition Deduction $500 or less. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Contributions of $250 or More under Records To Keep, later. Hr block free edition Fair market value. Hr block free edition   To determine a vehicle's fair market value, use the rules described under Determining Fair Market Value , later. Hr block free edition Donations of inventory. Hr block free edition   The vehicle donation rules just described do not apply to donations of inventory. Hr block free edition For example, these rules do not apply if you are a car dealer who donates a car you had been holding for sale to customers. Hr block free edition See Inventory , later. Hr block free edition Taxidermy Property If you donate taxidermy property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property or its fair market value, whichever is less. Hr block free edition This applies if you prepared, stuffed, or mounted the property or paid or incurred the cost of preparing, stuffing, or mounting the property. Hr block free edition Your basis for this purpose includes only the cost of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the property. Hr block free edition Your basis does not include transportation or travel costs. Hr block free edition It also does not include the direct or indirect costs for hunting or killing an animal, such as equipment costs. Hr block free edition In addition, it does not include the value of your time. Hr block free edition Taxidermy property means any work of art that: Is the reproduction or preservation of an animal, in whole or in part, Is prepared, stuffed, or mounted to recreate one or more characteristics of the animal, and Contains a part of the body of the dead animal. Hr block free edition Property Subject to a Debt If you contribute property subject to a debt (such as a mortgage), you must reduce the fair market value of the property by: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) that is attributable to any period after the contribution, and If the property is a bond, the lesser of: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) to buy or carry the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, or The interest, including bond discount, receivable on the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, and that is not includible in your income due to your accounting method. Hr block free edition This prevents you from deducting the same amount as both investment interest and a charitable contribution. Hr block free edition If the recipient (or another person) assumes the debt, you must also reduce the fair market value of the property by the amount of the outstanding debt assumed. Hr block free edition The amount of the debt is also treated as an amount realized on the sale or exchange of property for purposes of figuring your taxable gain (if any). Hr block free edition For more information, see Bargain Sales under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. Hr block free edition Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Hr block free edition Right to use property. Hr block free edition   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. Hr block free edition Example 1. Hr block free edition You own a 10-story office building and donate rent-free use of the top floor to a charitable organization. Hr block free edition Because you still own the building, you have contributed a partial interest in the property and cannot take a deduction for the contribution. Hr block free edition Example 2. Hr block free edition Mandy White owns a vacation home at the beach that she sometimes rents to others. Hr block free edition For a fund-raising auction at her church, she donated the right to use the vacation home for 1 week. Hr block free edition At the auction, the church received and accepted a bid from Lauren Green equal to the fair rental value of the home for 1 week. Hr block free edition Mandy cannot claim a deduction because of the partial interest rule. Hr block free edition Lauren cannot claim a deduction either, because she received a benefit equal to the amount of her payment. Hr block free edition See Contributions From Which You Benefit , earlier. Hr block free edition Exceptions. Hr block free edition   You can deduct a charitable contribution of a partial interest in property only if that interest represents one of the following items. Hr block free edition A remainder interest in your personal home or farm. Hr block free edition A remainder interest is one that passes to a beneficiary after the end of an earlier interest in the property. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You keep the right to live in your home during your lifetime and give your church a remainder interest that begins upon your death. Hr block free edition You can deduct the value of the remainder interest. Hr block free edition An undivided part of your entire interest. Hr block free edition This must consist of a part of every substantial interest or right you own in the property and must last as long as your interest in the property lasts. Hr block free edition But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , later. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You contribute voting stock to a qualified organization but keep the right to vote the stock. Hr block free edition The right to vote is a substantial right in the stock. Hr block free edition You have not contributed an undivided part of your entire interest and cannot deduct your contribution. Hr block free edition A partial interest that would be deductible if transferred to certain types of trusts. Hr block free edition A qualified conservation contribution (defined later). Hr block free edition For information about how to figure the value of a contribution of a partial interest in property, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. Hr block free edition Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct a charitable contribution of a fractional interest in tangible personal property unless all interests in the property are held immediately before the contribution by: You, or You and the qualifying organization receiving the contribution. Hr block free edition If you make an additional contribution later, the fair market value of that contribution will be determined by using the smaller of: The fair market value of the property at the time of the initial contribution, or The fair market value of the property at the time of the additional contribution. Hr block free edition Tangible personal property is defined later under Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property . Hr block free edition A fractional interest in property is an undivided portion of your entire interest in the property. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition An undivided one-quarter interest in a painting that entitles an art museum to possession of the painting for 3 months of each year is a fractional interest in the property. Hr block free edition Recapture of deduction. Hr block free edition   You must recapture your charitable contribution deduction by including it in your income if both of the following statements are true. Hr block free edition You contributed a fractional interest in tangible personal property after August 17, 2006. Hr block free edition You do not contribute the rest of your interests in the property to the original recipient or, if it no longer exists, another qualified organization on or before the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Hr block free edition   Recapture is also required if the qualified organization has not taken substantial physical possession of the property and used it in a way related to the organization's purpose during the period beginning on the date of the initial contribution and ending on the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. Hr block free edition Additional tax. Hr block free edition   If you must recapture your deduction, you must also pay interest and an additional tax equal to 10% of the amount recaptured. Hr block free edition Qualified Conservation Contribution A qualified conservation contribution is a contribution of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization to be used only for conservation purposes. Hr block free edition Qualified organization. Hr block free edition   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charity, or An organization controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. Hr block free edition The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. Hr block free edition   A publicly supported charity is an organization of the type described in (1) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, that normally receives a substantial part of its support, other than income from its exempt activities, from direct or indirect contributions from the general public or from governmental units. Hr block free edition Qualified real property interest. Hr block free edition   This is any of the following interests in real property. Hr block free edition Your entire interest in real estate other than a mineral interest (subsurface oil, gas, or other minerals, and the right of access to these minerals). Hr block free edition A remainder interest. Hr block free edition A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. Hr block free edition Conservation purposes. Hr block free edition   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. Hr block free edition Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. Hr block free edition Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. Hr block free edition Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. Hr block free edition The open space must be preserved either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. Hr block free edition Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. Hr block free edition Building in registered historic district. Hr block free edition   If a building in a registered historic district is a certified historic structure, a contribution of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of the building is deductible only if it meets all of the following conditions. Hr block free edition The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building (including its front, sides, rear, and height) and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. Hr block free edition You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the organization: Is a qualified organization with a purpose of environmental protection, land conservation, open space preservation, or historic preservation, and Has the resources to manage and enforce the restriction and a commitment to do so. Hr block free edition You must include with your return: A qualified appraisal, Photographs of the building's entire exterior, and A description of all restrictions on development of the building, such as zoning laws and restrictive covenants. Hr block free edition   If you claimed the rehabilitation credit for the building for any of the 5 years before the year of the contribution, your charitable deduction is reduced. Hr block free edition For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit, and Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(14). Hr block free edition   If you claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. Hr block free edition See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. Hr block free edition You may be able to deduct the filing fee as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). Hr block free edition See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. Hr block free edition More information. Hr block free edition   For information about determining the fair market value of qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 561. Hr block free edition For information about the limits that apply to deductions for this type of contribution, see Limits on Deductions , later. Hr block free edition For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Regulations section 1. Hr block free edition 170A-14. Hr block free edition Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property 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. Hr block free edition But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , earlier, and Tangible personal property put to unrelated use , later. Hr block free edition Related persons include your spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and parents. Hr block free edition Related organizations may include a partnership or corporation in which you have an interest, or an estate or trust with which you have a connection. Hr block free edition Tangible personal property. Hr block free edition   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. Hr block free edition It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. Hr block free edition Future interest. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You own an antique car that you contribute to a museum. Hr block free edition You give up ownership, but retain the right to keep the car in your garage with your personal collection. Hr block free edition Because you keep an interest in the property, you cannot deduct the contribution. Hr block free edition If you turn the car over to the museum in a later year, giving up all rights to its use, possession, and enjoyment, you can take a deduction for the contribution in that later year. Hr block free edition Inventory If you contribute inventory (property you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can deduct is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. Hr block free edition The basis of contributed inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. Hr block free edition You must remove the amount of your charitable contribution deduction from your opening inventory. Hr block free edition It is not part of the cost of goods sold. Hr block free edition If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. Hr block free edition Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. Hr block free edition For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. Hr block free edition A special rule applies to certain donations of food inventory. Hr block free edition See Food Inventory, later. Hr block free edition Patents and Other Intellectual Property If you donate intellectual property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to the basis of the property or the fair market value of the property, whichever is smaller. Hr block free edition Intellectual property means any of the following: Patents. Hr block free edition Copyrights (other than a copyright described in Internal Revenue Code sections 1221(a)(3) or 1231(b)(1)(C)). Hr block free edition Trademarks. Hr block free edition Trade names. Hr block free edition Trade secrets. Hr block free edition Know-how. Hr block free edition Software (other than software described in Internal Revenue Code section 197(e)(3)(A)(i)). Hr block free edition Other similar property or applications or registrations of such property. Hr block free edition Additional deduction based on income. Hr block free edition   You may be able to claim additional charitable contribution deductions in the year of the contribution and years following, based on the income, if any, from the donated property. Hr block free edition   The following table shows the percentage of income from the property that you can deduct for each of your tax years ending on or after the date of the contribution. Hr block free edition In the table, “tax year 1,” for example, means your first tax year ending on or after the date of the contribution. Hr block free edition However, you can take the additional deduction only to the extent the total of the amounts figured using this table is more than the amount of the deduction claimed for the original donation of the property. Hr block free edition   After the legal life of the intellectual property ends, or after the 10th anniversary of the donation, whichever is earlier, no additional deduction is allowed. Hr block free edition The additional deductions cannot be taken for intellectual property donated to certain private foundations. Hr block free edition Tax year Deductible percentage 1 100% 2 100% 3 90% 4 80% 5 70% 6 60% 7 50% 8 40% 9 30% 10 20% 11 10% 12 10% Reporting requirements. Hr block free edition   You must inform the organization at the time of the donation that you intend to treat the donation as a contribution subject to the provisions just discussed. Hr block free edition   The organization is required to file an information return showing the income from the property, with a copy to you. Hr block free edition This is done on Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property. Hr block free edition Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. Hr block free edition Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. Hr block free edition 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. Hr block free edition Used clothing. Hr block free edition   The fair market value of used clothing and other personal items is usually far less than the price you paid for them. Hr block free edition There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition      Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition    Kristin donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. Hr block free edition She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. Hr block free edition Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. Hr block free edition The fair market value of the coat is $50. Hr block free edition Kristin's donation is limited to $50. Hr block free edition Household items. Hr block free edition   The fair market value of used household items, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. Hr block free edition These items may have little or no market value because they are in a worn condition, out of style, or no longer useful. Hr block free edition For these reasons, formulas (such as using a percentage of the cost to buy a new replacement item) are not acceptable in determining value. Hr block free edition   You should support your valuation with photographs, canceled checks, receipts from your purchase of the items, or other evidence. Hr block free edition Magazine or newspaper articles and photographs that describe the items and statements by the recipients of the items are also useful. Hr block free edition Do not include any of this evidence with your tax return. Hr block free edition   If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art in Publication 561. Hr block free edition   Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. Hr block free edition Cars, boats, and airplanes. Hr block free edition   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. Hr block free edition Boats. Hr block free edition   Except for small, inexpensive boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor or appraiser because the physical condition is critical to the value. Hr block free edition Cars. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition The guides may be published monthly or seasonally, and for different regions of the country. Hr block free edition These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Hr block free edition The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Hr block free edition But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Hr block free edition   These publications are sometimes available from public libraries, or from the loan officer at a bank, credit union, or finance company. Hr block free edition You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. Hr block free edition   To find the fair market value of a donated car, use the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value. Hr block free edition However, the fair market value may be less if the car has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. Hr block free edition The fair market value of a donated car is the same as the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a car that is the same make, model, and year, sold in the same area, in the same condition, with the same or similar options or accessories, and with the same or similar warranties as the donated car. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Hr block free edition A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Hr block free edition However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Hr block free edition The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. Hr block free edition Large quantities. Hr block free edition   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. Hr block free edition Example. Hr block free edition You purchase 500 bibles for $1,000. Hr block free edition The person who sells them to you says the retail value of these bibles is $3,000. Hr block free edition If you contribute the bibles to a qualified organization, you can claim a deduction only for the price at which similar numbers of the same bible are currently being sold. Hr block free edition Your charitable contribution is $1,000, unless you can show that similar numbers of that bible wer
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Hr block free edition 11. Hr block free edition   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Hr block free edition Free help with your tax return. Hr block free edition   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Hr block free edition The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Hr block free edition The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hr block free edition Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Hr block free edition In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Hr block free edition To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hr block free edition gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Hr block free edition   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Hr block free edition To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Hr block free edition aarp. Hr block free edition org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Hr block free edition For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Hr block free edition gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Hr block free edition Internet. Hr block free edition    IRS. Hr block free edition gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hr block free edition Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hr block free edition Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Hr block free edition Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Hr block free edition gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Hr block free edition The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hr block free edition Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Hr block free edition You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hr block free edition The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hr block free edition Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Hr block free edition No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Hr block free edition The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Hr block free edition When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Hr block free edition New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Hr block free edition  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Hr block free edition gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Hr block free edition You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Hr block free edition The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Hr block free edition When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Hr block free edition Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Hr block free edition You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Hr block free edition Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Hr block free edition gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Hr block free edition Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Hr block free edition Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Hr block free edition Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Hr block free edition If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Hr block free edition Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Hr block free edition gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Hr block free edition You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hr block free edition It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hr block free edition Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Hr block free edition gov. Hr block free edition Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Hr block free edition gov for more information. Hr block free edition Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Hr block free edition Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Hr block free edition gov. Hr block free edition Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Hr block free edition Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Hr block free edition gov. Hr block free edition Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Hr block free edition gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Hr block free edition Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Hr block free edition Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hr block free edition gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Hr block free edition An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hr block free edition Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Hr block free edition gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Hr block free edition If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Hr block free edition Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Hr block free edition Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Hr block free edition Go to IRS. Hr block free edition gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Hr block free edition Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Hr block free edition Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Hr block free edition Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Hr block free edition Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Hr block free edition gov and choose from a variety of options. Hr block free edition Phone. Hr block free edition    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Hr block free edition Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Hr block free edition Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Hr block free edition gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Hr block free edition Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Hr block free edition The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Hr block free edition Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Hr block free edition Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Hr block free edition Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Hr block free edition Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Hr block free edition If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Hr block free edition The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Hr block free edition Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Hr block free edition Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Hr block free edition The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Hr block free edition Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Hr block free edition Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Hr block free edition Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Hr block free edition You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Hr block free edition It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Hr block free edition Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Hr block free edition You should receive your order within 10 business days. Hr block free edition Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Hr block free edition If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Hr block free edition Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Hr block free edition The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Hr block free edition These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Hr block free edition Walk-in. Hr block free edition   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Hr block free edition Products. Hr block free edition You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Hr block free edition Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Hr block free edition Services. Hr block free edition You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Hr block free edition An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Hr block free edition Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Hr block free edition gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Hr block free edition Mail. Hr block free edition   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Hr block free edition You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Hr block free edition Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Hr block free edition Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Hr block free edition The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Hr block free edition Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Hr block free edition   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Hr block free edition We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Hr block free edition You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Hr block free edition You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Hr block free edition   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Hr block free edition Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Hr block free edition Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Hr block free edition Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Hr block free edition We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Hr block free edition   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Hr block free edition   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Hr block free edition If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Hr block free edition Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. Hr block free edition   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals and tax collection disputes. 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