Internal Revenue Service
Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions.

Search for IRS Qualified Charities

The IRS cautions people wishing to make charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • Donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of phony charities with names or bogus websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. Scammers often send e-mail that steers the recipient to bogus websites that sound as though they are affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.
  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution from you. Scam artists may use this information to steal your identity and money.
  • Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.

The IRS website at has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, that allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible.

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IRS Offers Tips for Year-End Giving

imageTo help taxpayers plan their holiday-season and year-end giving, the IRS offers the following additional reminders:

• Contributions are deductible in the year made.
• Check that the organization is qualified using the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check tool
• For individuals, only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions.
• For all donations of property, including clothing and household items, get from the charity, if possible, a receipt that includes the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and a reasonably-detailed description of the donated property.
• If the amount of a taxpayer’s deduction for all noncash contributions is over $500, a properly-completed Form 8283 must be submitted with the tax return.
• And, as always it’s important to keep good records and receipts. has additional information on charitable giving including:
• Charities & Non-Profits
• Publication 526, Charitable Contributions
• Online mini-course, Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions? 
• IRS Exempt Select Check Tool YouTube Video