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Year-End Giving Special Tax Deduction

The Internal Revenue Service reminds us that thanks to a special tax provision, most people can get a deduction for qualifying charity donations, even if they don't itemize.

Donors can easily deduct their contribution on their 2021 federal income tax return. Married couples filing jointly can claim up to $600, and individual filers up to $300.

This tax benefit was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act extended it through the end of 2021.

What Qualifies

Cash donations, those made by check, credit card, or debit card.

What doesn't qualify

The value of volunteer services, securities, household items, or other property.

Best Practices

To receive a deduction, taxpayers must donate to a qualified charity. United Way of the CSRA is a widely recognized charity and qualified 501 (c) (3).

The information provided here is for general guidance only. Contact your tax, accounting, or investment advisor for more information based on your particular situation.

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