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Charitable Contribution Deduction

A reduction in one's taxable income as a result of donations to a charity or other non-profit. A charitable contribution deduction reduces the income on which one pays taxes up to 50% of one's adjusted gross income. Donations to most non-profits qualify for the charitable contribution deduction with the notable exception of political organizations such as labor unions or lobbyists.

charitable contribution deduction

An itemized income-tax deduction for donations of assets to Internal Revenue Service-designated organizations. Certain qualifications on this deduction apply, such as a contribution limit of 50% of a taxpayer's adjusted gross income. Of particular interest to investors is the option to donate appreciated property (that is, securities that have increased in value since acquisition) and to deduct the entire market value of the donated assets without being obligated to pay taxes on the capital gains. Donations of appreciated property may subject the taxpayer to the alternative minimum tax.
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Basic Tax Rules for Charitable Contribution Deductions
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Employees receive tax receipts for charitable contribution deductions.
Charitable contribution deductions may be taken for the gift of a life insurance policy, life insurance premiums, maturing annuity, and endowment contract.
Excluded distributions cannot be claimed as charitable contribution deductions.
The deduction for an individual's contributions to most nonpublic (private) charities, regardless of the type of property given away, is limited to the lesser of (a) 30% of the taxpayer's contribution base, or (b) 50% of his contribution base minus the amount of charitable contribution deductions allowed for contributions to the public-type charities.
Excess charitable contribution deductions can be carried forward for up to an additional five years.
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