John M. Hoffman CPA

Frequently Asked Tax Questions

Charitable Contributions

Charitable contributions are an important itemized deduction for many taxpayers. Unfortunately many taxpayers are confused by what they should and should not claim for deductions, they do not follow protocol, and some abuse the system. Claiming tax deductions at inflated amounts or for contributions that simply were not made is not something we endorse or condone. We do not audit your charitable contribution amounts but perhaps the IRS will. Organizations like the American Red Cross or the United Way are certainly qualified charities but please be careful about other organizations especially foreign ones as to being "qualified" or not.

For help consider the IRS publication 526 - http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p526.pdf

For a web based interactive list of qualified charities - http://apps.irs.gov/app/pub78

Information regarding your charitable giving is entered on Sheet 15