It isn’t as easy as it once was to claim a charitable contribution deduction for a gift to charity.
Because of perceived abuses by taxpayers claiming inflated deductions without adequate justification, Congress and the Internal Revenue Service have tightened the rules over the last several decades.
The rules apply to the taxpayers seeking the deduction. In most cases, they do not directly apply to the charities receiving the gifts and do not impose penalties on charities, but charities that want to assist their donors and receive additional gifts will want to be sure that the donors are in position to claim their deductions properly.
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