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Can a person give money to a church and designate that it to be given to a person outside the church?

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Can a person give money to a church and designate that it to be given to a person outside the church?

Can a person give money to a church and designate that it to be given to a person outside the church?

Yes, but the donor may not claim a charitable contribution deduction for the gift. Donors may claim a charitable contribution deduction only if they give a gift to a charitable organization and not to an individual. A gift designated or “earmarked” for an individual is treated as if given directly to that individual and is not deductible. 

Thursday, July 26, 2007

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