A tax deduction for charitable giving isn't guaranteed just because you're feeling generous. As with everything in tax law, it's important to follow the rules. Here are 13 tips for making your charitable donation count:
1. Itemize. To claim a charitable deduction on your tax return, you must itemize your deductions. You report itemized deductions on Schedule A on your federal form 1040 using lines 16-19
And yes, while many itemized deductions are currently under fire, both versions of tax reform efforts include keeping the charitable donation deduction in place.
2. Choose carefully when making a donation. Only donations to qualified charitable organizations are deductible. If you’re not sure whether an organization is qualified, ask to see the organization's determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): many organizations will post their letters on their website. If that isn’t possible, you can search online using the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check tool.