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Military tax free zones 24. Military tax free zones   Contributions Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions of PropertyException. Military tax free zones Household items. Military tax free zones Deduction more than $500. Military tax free zones Form 1098-C. Military tax free zones Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Military tax free zones Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Military tax free zones Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Military tax free zones Deduction $500 or less. Military tax free zones Right to use property. Military tax free zones Tangible personal property. Military tax free zones Future interest. Military tax free zones Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value When To DeductChecks. Military tax free zones Text message. Military tax free zones Credit card. Military tax free zones Pay-by-phone account. Military tax free zones Stock certificate. Military tax free zones Promissory note. Military tax free zones Option. Military tax free zones Borrowed funds. Military tax free zones Limits on DeductionsCarryovers Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To Report Introduction This chapter explains how to claim a deduction for your charitable contributions. Military tax free zones It discusses the following topics. Military tax free zones The types of organizations to which you can make deductible charitable contributions. Military tax free zones The types of contributions you can deduct. Military tax free zones How much you can deduct. Military tax free zones What records you must keep. Military tax free zones How to report your charitable contributions. Military tax free zones A charitable contribution is a donation or gift to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Military tax free zones It is voluntary and is made without getting, or expecting to get, anything of equal value. Military tax free zones Form 1040 required. Military tax free zones    To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. Military tax free zones The amount of your deduction may be limited if certain rules and limits explained in this chapter apply to you. Military tax free zones The limits are explained in detail in Publication 526. Military tax free zones Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 526 Charitable Contributions 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. Military tax free zones Most organizations other than churches and governments must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. Military tax free zones How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. Military tax free zones   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. Military tax free zones Or go to IRS. Military tax free zones gov. Military tax free zones Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. Military tax free zones irs. Military tax free zones gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). Military tax free zones This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. Military tax free zones You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. Military tax free zones Call 1-877-829-5500. Military tax free zones People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. Military tax free zones Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. Military tax free zones gsa. Military tax free zones gov/fedrelay. Military tax free zones Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. Military tax free zones A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). Military tax free zones It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Military tax free zones Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. Military tax free zones War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). Military tax free zones Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. Military tax free zones (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Military tax free zones ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. Military tax free zones (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. Military tax free zones ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. Military tax free zones S. Military tax free zones possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. Military tax free zones S. Military tax free zones possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. Military tax free zones (Your contribution to this type of organization is only deductible if it is to be used solely for public purposes. Military tax free zones ) Examples. Military tax free zones    The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. Military tax free zones Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. Military tax free zones Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. Military tax free zones Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. Military tax free zones This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. Military tax free zones However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . Military tax free zones Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. Military tax free zones Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. Military tax free zones Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. Military tax free zones Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. Military tax free zones Civil defense organizations. Military tax free zones Certain foreign charitable organizations. Military tax free zones   Under income tax treaties with Canada, Israel, and Mexico, you may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. Military tax free zones Generally, you must have income from sources in that country. Military tax free zones For additional information on the deduction of contributions to Canadian charities, see Publication 597, Information on the United States–Canada Income Tax Treaty. Military tax free zones If you need more information on how to figure your contribution to Mexican and Israeli charities, see Publication 526. Military tax free zones Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. Military tax free zones A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. Military tax free zones The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. Military tax free zones If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Military tax free zones See Contributions of Property , later in this chapter. Military tax free zones Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. Military tax free zones See Limits on Deductions , later. Military tax free zones In addition, the total of your charitable contribution deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. Military tax free zones See chapter 29. Military tax free zones Table 24-1 gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. Military tax free zones Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. Military tax free zones Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. Military tax free zones If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones Example 1. Military tax free zones You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. Military tax free zones Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. Military tax free zones The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. Military tax free zones When you buy your ticket, you know that its value is less than your payment. Military tax free zones To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). Military tax free zones You can deduct $40 as a contribution to the church. Military tax free zones Example 2. Military tax free zones At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. Military tax free zones The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. Military tax free zones You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. Military tax free zones Athletic events. Military tax free zones   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. Military tax free zones Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. Military tax free zones You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones Example 1. Military tax free zones You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. Military tax free zones The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. Military tax free zones You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones Table 24-1. Military tax free zones Examples of Charitable Contributions—A Quick Check Use the following lists for a quick check of whether you can deduct a contribution. Military tax free zones See the rest of this chapter for more information and additional rules and limits that may apply. Military tax free zones Deductible As  Charitable Contributions Not Deductible  As Charitable Contributions Money or property you give to:  Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations Federal, state, and local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes (for example, a gift to reduce the public debt or maintain a public park) Nonprofit schools and hospitals The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. Military tax free zones War veterans groups   Expenses paid for a student living with you, sponsored by a qualified organization  Out-of-pocket expenses when you serve a qualified organization as a volunteer Money or property you give to:  Civic leagues, social and sports clubs, labor unions, and chambers of commerce Foreign organizations (except certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities) Groups that are run for personal profit Groups whose purpose is to lobby for law changes Homeowners' associations Individuals Political groups or candidates for public office   Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets  Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs, lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups  Tuition  Value of your time or services  Value of blood given to a blood bank    Example 2. Military tax free zones The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. Military tax free zones You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. Military tax free zones The result is $180. Military tax free zones Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). Military tax free zones Charity benefit events. Military tax free zones   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. Military tax free zones   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. Military tax free zones If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. Military tax free zones Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. Military tax free zones However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. Military tax free zones    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. Military tax free zones If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. Military tax free zones Printed on the ticket is “Contribution—$40. Military tax free zones ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). Military tax free zones Membership fees or dues. Military tax free zones    You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. Military tax free zones However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. Military tax free zones    You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. Military tax free zones They are not qualified organizations. Military tax free zones Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. Military tax free zones   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you receive them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. Military tax free zones Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. Military tax free zones Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization, if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. Military tax free zones 20. Military tax free zones Token items. Military tax free zones   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. Military tax free zones You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. Military tax free zones The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. Military tax free zones Written statement. Military tax free zones   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. Military tax free zones The statement must say that you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. Military tax free zones It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. Military tax free zones   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. Military tax free zones Exception. Military tax free zones   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. Military tax free zones The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. Military tax free zones You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. Military tax free zones You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described earlier. Military tax free zones Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. Military tax free zones You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative or dependent, and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. Military tax free zones You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. Military tax free zones Any month when conditions (1) through (3) are met for 15 days or more counts as a full month. Military tax free zones For additional information, see Expenses Paid for Student Living With You in Publication 526. Military tax free zones Mutual exchange program. Military tax free zones   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. Military tax free zones Table 24-2. Military tax free zones Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. Military tax free zones All of the rules explained in this chapter also apply. Military tax free zones See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . Military tax free zones Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. Military tax free zones The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. Military tax free zones Can I deduct $60 a week for my time?    No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. Military tax free zones The office is 30 miles from my home. Military tax free zones Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. Military tax free zones If you don't want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. Military tax free zones I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. Military tax free zones Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. Military tax free zones I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. Military tax free zones Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. Military tax free zones (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see chapter 32. Military tax free zones ) Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. Military tax free zones The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. Military tax free zones Table 24-2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. Military tax free zones Conventions. Military tax free zones   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight in connection with the convention. Military tax free zones However, see Travel , later. Military tax free zones   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. Military tax free zones You also cannot deduct transportation, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. Military tax free zones    You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. Military tax free zones You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. Military tax free zones Uniforms. Military tax free zones   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. Military tax free zones Foster parents. Military tax free zones   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. Military tax free zones A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. Military tax free zones    You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. Military tax free zones They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. Military tax free zones They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. Military tax free zones   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. Military tax free zones For details, see chapter 3. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. Military tax free zones Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. Military tax free zones Car expenses. Military tax free zones   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, that are directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. Military tax free zones    If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. Military tax free zones   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. Military tax free zones   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. Military tax free zones For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. Military tax free zones Travel. Military tax free zones   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. Military tax free zones This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. Military tax free zones You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. Military tax free zones   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. Military tax free zones Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. Military tax free zones However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. Military tax free zones Example 1. Military tax free zones You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. Military tax free zones You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. Military tax free zones You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. Military tax free zones You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. Military tax free zones You can deduct your travel expenses. Military tax free zones Example 2. Military tax free zones You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. Military tax free zones The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. Military tax free zones In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. Military tax free zones Example 3. Military tax free zones You work for several hours each morning on an archaeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. Military tax free zones The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. Military tax free zones You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. Military tax free zones Example 4. Military tax free zones You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. Military tax free zones In the evening you go to the theater. Military tax free zones You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. Military tax free zones Daily allowance (per diem). Military tax free zones   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. Military tax free zones You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. Military tax free zones Deductible travel expenses. Military tax free zones   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. Military tax free zones Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business-related expenses. Military tax free zones For information on business travel expenses, see Travel Expenses in chapter 26. Military tax free zones Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct, such as those made to specific individuals and those made to nonqualified organizations. Military tax free zones (See Contributions to Individuals and Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations , next. Military tax free zones ) There are others you can deduct only part of, as discussed later under Contributions From Which You Benefit . Military tax free zones Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. Military tax free zones Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of deceased members. Military tax free zones Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. Military tax free zones But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. Military tax free zones However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. Military tax free zones Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. Military tax free zones Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones Your son does missionary work. Military tax free zones You pay his expenses. Military tax free zones You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. Military tax free zones Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, a state, or other qualified organization. Military tax free zones Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. Military tax free zones Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. Military tax free zones Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations (but see chapter 28). Military tax free zones Civic leagues and associations. Military tax free zones Communist organizations. Military tax free zones Country clubs and other social clubs. Military tax free zones Most foreign organizations (other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations). Military tax free zones For details, see Publication 526. Military tax free zones Homeowners' associations. Military tax free zones Labor unions (but see chapter 28). Military tax free zones Political organizations and candidates. Military tax free zones Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. Military tax free zones See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Military tax free zones These contributions include the following. Military tax free zones Contributions for lobbying. Military tax free zones This includes amounts that you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. Military tax free zones Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. Military tax free zones Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. Military tax free zones Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. Military tax free zones For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Gambling winnings in chapter 12 and Gambling Losses Up to the Amount of Gambling Winnings in chapter 28. Military tax free zones Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. Military tax free zones However, see Membership fees or dues , earlier, under Contributions You Can Deduct. Military tax free zones Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. Military tax free zones You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. Military tax free zones ” Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. Military tax free zones Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. Military tax free zones The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. Military tax free zones Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final (but see Adoption Credit in chapter 37, and the instructions for Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses). Military tax free zones You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. Military tax free zones See Adopted child in chapter 3. Military tax free zones Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property (but see chapter 28). Military tax free zones Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. Military tax free zones However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. Military tax free zones See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Military tax free zones For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. Military tax free zones Clothing and household items. Military tax free zones   You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. Military tax free zones Exception. Military tax free zones   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. Military tax free zones Household items. Military tax free zones   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. Military tax free zones   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. Military tax free zones Cars, boats, and airplanes. Military tax free zones    The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. Military tax free zones A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. Military tax free zones Deduction more than $500. Military tax free zones   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Military tax free zones If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Military tax free zones Form 1098-C. Military tax free zones   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. Military tax free zones The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. Military tax free zones   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453 and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. Military tax free zones   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. Military tax free zones    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. Military tax free zones But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. Military tax free zones Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Military tax free zones   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. Military tax free zones Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. Military tax free zones You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U. Military tax free zones S. Military tax free zones Individual Income Tax Return. Military tax free zones  For more information, see Automatic Extension in chapter 1. Military tax free zones File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. Military tax free zones After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, claiming the deduction. Military tax free zones Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. Military tax free zones For more information about amended returns, see Amended Returns and Claims for Refund in chapter 1. Military tax free zones Exceptions. Military tax free zones   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. Military tax free zones Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Military tax free zones   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Military tax free zones But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Military tax free zones The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Military tax free zones Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Military tax free zones   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. Military tax free zones But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Military tax free zones The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. Military tax free zones   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. Military tax free zones In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. Military tax free zones She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. Military tax free zones A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. Military tax free zones However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. Military tax free zones Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. Military tax free zones If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. Military tax free zones She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. Military tax free zones Deduction $500 or less. Military tax free zones   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. Military tax free zones But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. Military tax free zones   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. Military tax free zones The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 under Records To Keep, later. Military tax free zones Partial interest in property. Military tax free zones   Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. Military tax free zones Right to use property. Military tax free zones   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. Military tax free zones For exceptions and more information, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. Military tax free zones Future interests in tangible personal property. Military tax free zones   You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. Military tax free zones Tangible personal property. Military tax free zones   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. Military tax free zones It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. Military tax free zones Future interest. Military tax free zones   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. Military tax free zones Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. Military tax free zones Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. Military tax free zones Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. Military tax free zones Used clothing and household items. Military tax free zones   The fair market value of used clothing and household goods is usually far less than what you paid for them when they were new. Military tax free zones   For used clothing, you should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. Military tax free zones See Household Goods in Publication 561 for information on the valuation of household goods, such as furniture, appliances, and linens. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones Dawn Greene donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. Military tax free zones She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. Military tax free zones Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. Military tax free zones The fair market value of the coat is $50. Military tax free zones Dawn's donation is limited to $50. Military tax free zones Cars, boats, and airplanes. Military tax free zones   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. Military tax free zones Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. Military tax free zones The guides may be published monthly or seasonally and for different regions of the country. Military tax free zones These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Military tax free zones The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Military tax free zones But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Military tax free zones   You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Military tax free zones A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Military tax free zones However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Military tax free zones The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. Military tax free zones Large quantities. Military tax free zones   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. Military tax free zones Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is less than your basis in it, your deduction is limited to its fair market value. Military tax free zones You cannot claim a deduction for the difference between the property's basis and its fair market value. Military tax free zones Giving Property That Has Increased in Value If you contribute property with a fair market value that is more than your basis in it, you may have to reduce the fair market value by the amount of appreciation (increase in value) when you figure your deduction. Military tax free zones Your basis in property is generally what you paid for it. Military tax free zones See chapter 13 if you need more information about basis. Military tax free zones Different rules apply to figuring your deduction, depending on whether the property is: Ordinary income property, or Capital gain property. Military tax free zones Ordinary income property. Military tax free zones   Property is ordinary income property if you would have recognized ordinary income or short-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date it was contributed. Military tax free zones Examples of ordinary income property are inventory, works of art created by the donor, manuscripts prepared by the donor, and capital assets (defined in chapter 14) held 1 year or less. Military tax free zones Amount of deduction. Military tax free zones   The amount you can deduct for a contribution of ordinary income property is its fair market value minus the amount that would be ordinary income or short-term capital gain if you sold the property for its fair market value. Military tax free zones Generally, this rule limits the deduction to your basis in the property. Military tax free zones Example. Military tax free zones You donate stock you held for 5 months to your church. Military tax free zones The fair market value of the stock on the day you donate it is $1,000, but you paid only $800 (your basis). Military tax free zones Because the $200 of appreciation would be short-term capital gain if you sold the stock, your deduction is limited to $800 (fair market value minus the appreciation). Military tax free zones Capital gain property. Military tax free zones   Property is capital gain property if you would have recognized long-term capital gain had you sold it at fair market value on the date of the contribution. Military tax free zones It includes capital assets held more than 1 year, as well as certain real property and depreciable property used in your trade or business and, generally, held more than 1 year. Military tax free zones Amount of deduction — general rule. Military tax free zones   When figuring your deduction for a contribution of capital gain property, you generally can use the fair market value of the property. Military tax free zones Exceptions. Military tax free zones   In certain situations, you must reduce the fair market value by any amount that would have been long-term capital gain if you had sold the property for its fair market value. Military tax free zones Generally, this means reducing the fair market value to the property's cost or other basis. Military tax free zones Bargain sales. Military tax free zones   A bargain sale of property is a sale or exchange for less than the property's fair market value. Military tax free zones A bargain sale to a qualified organization is partly a charitable contribution and partly a sale or exchange. Military tax free zones A bargain sale may result in a taxable gain. Military tax free zones More information. Military tax free zones   For more information on donating appreciated property, see Giving Property That Has Increased in Value in Publication 526. Military tax free zones When To Deduct You can deduct your contributions only in the year you actually make them in cash or other property (or in a later carryover year, as explained later under Carryovers ). Military tax free zones This applies whether you use the cash or an accrual method of accounting. Military tax free zones Time of making contribution. Military tax free zones   Usually, you make a contribution at the time of its unconditional delivery. Military tax free zones Checks. Military tax free zones   A check you mail to a charity is considered delivered on the date you mail it. Military tax free zones Text message. Military tax free zones   Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account. Military tax free zones Credit card. Military tax free zones    Contributions charged on your credit card are deductible in the year you make the charge. Military tax free zones Pay-by-phone account. Military tax free zones    Contributions made through a pay-by-phone account are considered delivered on the date the financial institution pays the amount. Military tax free zones Stock certificate. Military tax free zones   A properly endorsed stock certificate is considered delivered on the date of mailing or other delivery to the charity or to the charity's agent. Military tax free zones However, if you give a stock certificate to your agent or to the issuing corporation for transfer to the name of the charity, your contribution is not delivered until the date the stock is transferred on the books of the corporation. Military tax free zones Promissory note. Military tax free zones   If you issue and deliver a promissory note to a charity as a contribution, it is not a contribution until you make the note payments. Military tax free zones Option. Military tax free zones    If you grant a charity an option to buy real property at a bargain price, it is not a contribution until the organization exercises the option. Military tax free zones Borrowed funds. Military tax free zones   If you contribute borrowed funds, you can deduct the contribution in the year you deliver the funds to the charity, regardless of when you repay the loan. Military tax free zones Limits on Deductions The amount you can deduct for charitable contributions cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Military tax free zones Your deduction may be further limited to 30% or 20% of your AGI, depending on the type of property you give and the type of organization you give it to. Military tax free zones If your total contributions for the year are 20% or less of your AGI, these limits do not apply to you. Military tax free zones The limits are discussed in detail under Limits on Deductions in Publication 526. Military tax free zones A higher limit applies to certain qualified conservation contributions. Military tax free zones See Publication 526 for details. Military tax free zones Carryovers You can carry over any contributions you cannot deduct in the current year because they exceed your adjusted-gross-income limits. Military tax free zones You can deduct the excess in each of the next 5 years until it is used up, but not beyond that time. Military tax free zones For more information, see Carryovers in Publication 526. Military tax free zones Records To Keep You must keep records to prove the amount of the contributions you make during the year. Military tax free zones The kind of records you must keep depends on the amount of your contributions and whether they are: Cash contributions, Noncash contributions, or Out-of-pocket expenses when donating your services. Military tax free zones Note. Military tax free zones An organization generally must give you a written statement if it receives a payment from you that is more than $75 and is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. Military tax free zones (See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. Military tax free zones ) Keep the statement for your records. Military tax free zones It may satisfy all or part of the recordkeeping requirements explained in the following discussions. Military tax free zones Cash Contributions Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction. Military tax free zones You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep one of the following. Military tax free zones A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Military tax free zones Bank records may include: A canceled check, A bank or credit union statement, or A credit card statement. Military tax free zones A receipt (or a letter or other written communication) from the qualified organization showing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Military tax free zones The payroll deduction records described next. Military tax free zones Payroll deductions. Military tax free zones   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the date and amount of the contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization. Military tax free zones If your employer withheld $250 or more from a single paycheck, see Contributions of $250 or More , next. Military tax free zones Contributions of $250 or More You can claim a deduction for a contribution of $250 or more only if you have an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization or certain payroll deduction records. Military tax free zones If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that lists each contribution and the date of each contribution and shows your total contributions. Military tax free zones Amount of contribution. Military tax free zones   In figuring whether your contribution is $250 or more, do not combine separate contributions. Military tax free zones For example, if you gave your church $25 each week, your weekly payments do not have to be combined. Military tax free zones Each payment is a separate contribution. Military tax free zones   If contributions are made by payroll deduction, the deduction from each paycheck is treated as a separate contribution. Military tax free zones   If you made a payment that is partly for goods and services, as described earlier under Contributions From Which You Benefit , your contribution is the amount of the payment that is more than the value of the goods and services. Military tax free zones Acknowledgment. Military tax free zones   The acknowledgment must meet these tests. Military tax free zones It must be written. Military tax free zones It must include: The amount of cash you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b) (other than intangible religious benefits), and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. Military tax free zones The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit. Military tax free zones An intangible religious benefit is a benefit that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside a donative (gift) context. Military tax free zones An example is admission to a religious ceremony. Military tax free zones You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. Military tax free zones   If the acknowledgment does not show the date of the contribution, you must also have a bank record or receipt, as described earlier, that does show the date of the contribution. Military tax free zones If the acknowledgment shows the date of the contribution and meets the other tests just described, you do not need any other records. Military tax free zones Payroll deductions. Military tax free zones   If you make a contribution by payroll deduction and your employer withholds $250 or more from a single paycheck, you must keep: A pay stub, Form W-2, or other document furnished by your employer that shows the amount withheld as a contribution, and A pledge card or other document prepared by or for the qualified organization that shows the name of the organization and states the organization does not provide goods or services in return for any contribution made to it by payroll deduction. Military tax free zones A single pledge card may be kept for all contributions made by payroll deduction regardless of amount as long as it contains all the required information. Military tax free zones   If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document does not show the date of the contribution, you must have another document that does show the date of the contribution. Military tax free zones If the pay stub, Form W-2, pledge card, or other document shows the date of the contribution, you do not need any other records except those just described in (1) and (2). Military tax free zones Noncash Contributions For a contribution not made in cash, the records you must keep depend on whether your deduction for the contribution is: Less than $250, At least $250 but not more than $500, Over $500 but not more than $5,000, or Over $5,000. Military tax free zones Amount of deduction. Military tax free zones   In figuring whether your deduction is $500 or more, combine your claimed deductions for all similar items of property donated to any charitable organization during the year. Military tax free zones   If you received goods or services in return, as described earlier in Contributions From Which You Benefit , reduce your contribution by the value of those goods or services. Military tax free zones If you figure your deduction by reducing the fair market value of the donated property by its appreciation, as described earlier in Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , your contribution is the reduced amount. Military tax free zones Deductions of Less Than $250 If you make any noncash contribution, you must get and keep a receipt from the charitable organization showing: The name of the charitable organization, The date and location of the charitable contribution, and A reasonably detailed description of the property. Military tax free zones A letter or other written communication from the charitable organization acknowledging receipt of the contribution and containing the information in (1), (2), and (3) will serve as a receipt. Military tax free zones You are not required to have a receipt where it is impractical to get one (for example, if you leave property at a charity's unattended drop site). Military tax free zones Additional records. Military tax free zones   You must also keep reliable written records for each item of contributed property. Military tax free zones Your written records must include the following information. Military tax free zones The name and address of the organization to which you contributed. Military tax free zones The date and location of the contribution. Military tax free zones A description of the property in detail reasonable under the circumstances. Military tax free zones For a security, keep the name of the issuer, the type of security, and whether it is regularly traded on a stock exchange or in an over-the-counter market. Military tax free zones The fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution and how you figured the fair market value. Military tax free zones If it was determined by appraisal, keep a signed copy of the appraisal. Military tax free zones The cost or other basis of the property, if you must reduce its fair market value by appreciation. Military tax free zones Your records should also include the amount of the reduction and how you figured it. Military tax free zones The amount you claim as a deduction for the tax year as a result of the contribution, if you contribute less than your entire interest in the property during the tax year. Military tax free zones Your records must include the amount you claimed as a deduction in any earlier years for contributions of other interests in this property. Military tax free zones They must also include the name and address of each organization to which you contributed the other interests, the place where any such tangible property is located or kept, and the name of any person in possession of the property, other than the organization to which you contributed it. Military tax free zones The terms of any conditions attached to the contribution of property. Military tax free zones Deductions of At Least $250 But Not More Than $500 If you claim a deduction of at least $250 but not more than $500 for a noncash charitable contribution, you must get and keep an acknowledgment of your contribution from the qualified organization. Military tax free zones If you made more than one contribution of $250 or more, you must have either a separate acknowledgment for each or one acknowledgment that shows your total contributions. Military tax free zones The acknowledgment must contain the information in items (1) through (3) under Deductions of Less Than $250 , earlier, and your written records must include the information listed in that discussion under Additional records . Military tax free zones The acknowledgment must also meet these tests. Military tax free zones It must be written. Military tax free zones It must include: A description (but not necessarily the value) of any property you contributed, Whether the qualified organization gave you any goods or services as a result of your contribution (other than certain token items and membership benefits), and A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services described in (b). Military tax free zones If the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in a commercial transaction outside the donative context, the acknowledgment must say so and does not need to describe or estimate the value of the benefit. Military tax free zones You must get it on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. Military tax free zones Deductions Over $500 You are required to give additional information if you claim a deduction over $500 for noncash charitable contributions. Military tax free zones See Records To Keep in Publication 526 for more information. Military tax free zones Out-of-Pocket Expenses If you give services to a qualified organization and have unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses related to those services, the following two rules apply. Military tax free zones You must have adequate records to prove the amount of the expenses. Military tax free zones If any of your unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, considered separately, are $250 or more (for example, you pay $250 or more for an airline ticket to attend a convention of a qualified organization as a chosen representative), you must get an acknowledgment from the qualified organization that contains: A description of the services you provided, A statement of whether or not the organization provided you any goods or services to reimburse you for the expenses you incurred, A description and a good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services (other than intangible religious benefits) provided to reimburse you, and A statement that the only benefit you received was an intangible religious benefit, if that was the case. Military tax free zones The acknowledgment does not need to describe or estimate the value of an intangible religious benefit (defined earlier under Acknowledgment ). Military tax free zones You must get the acknowledgment on or before the earlier of: The date you file your return for the year you make the contribution, or The due date, including extensions, for filing the return. Military tax free zones Car expenses. Military tax free zones   If you claim expenses directly related to use of your car in giving services to a qualified organization, you must keep reliable written records of your expenses. Military tax free zones Whether your records are considered reliable depends on all the facts and circumstances. Military tax free zones Generally, they may be considered reliable if you made them regularly and at or near the time you had the expenses. Military tax free zones   For example, your records might show the name of the organization you were serving and the dates you used your car for a charitable purpose. Military tax free zones If you use the standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile, your records must show the miles you drove your car for the charitable purpose. Military tax free zones If you deduct your actual expenses, your records must show the costs of operating the car that are directly related to a charitable purpose. Military tax free zones   See Car expenses under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, earlier, for the expenses you can deduct. Military tax free zones How To Report Report your charitable contributions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Military tax free zones If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you must also file Form 8283. Military tax free zones See How To Report in Publication 526 for more information. Military tax free zones Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Not all work-at-home opportunities deliver on their promises. Some classic work-at-home schemes are medical billing, envelope stuffing and assembly or craftwork. Ads for these businesses say: "Be part of one of America's fastest growing industries. Earn thousands of dollars a month from home!" Legitimate work-at-home program promoters should tell you, in writing, what's involved in the program they are selling. Here are some questions you might ask a promoter:

  • What tasks will I have to perform? (Ask the program sponsor to list every step of the job.)
  • Will I be paid a salary or will my pay be based on commission?
  • Who will pay me?
  • When will I get my first paycheck?
  • What is the total cost of the work-at home program, including supplies, equipment and membership fees? What will I get for my money?

The answers to these questions may help you determine whether a work-at-home program is appropriate for your circumstances, and whether it is legitimate.

Multi-Level Marketing

Some multilevel marketing plans are legitimate. However, others are illegal pyramid schemes. In pyramids, commissions are based on the number of distributors recruited.

Most of the product sales are made to these distributors, not to consumers in general. The underlying goods and services, which vary from vitamins to car leases, serve only to make the schemes look legitimate. Most people end up with nothing to show for their money except the expensive products or marketing materials they were pressured to buy.

If you're thinking about joining what appears to be a legitimate multilevel marketing plan, take time to learn about the plan.

  • What is the company's track record?
  • What products does it sell?
  • Does it sell products to the public-at-large?
  • Does it have evidence to back up the claims it makes about its product?
  • Is the product competitively priced?
  • Is it likely to appeal to a large customer base?
  • How much does it cost to join the plan?
  • Are minimum monthly sales required to earn a commission?
  • Will you be required to recruit new distributors to earn your commission?

Net Based Business Opportunities

The Federal Trade Commission's Work-at-Home Schemes publication says that many Internet business opportunities are schemes that promise more than they can deliver. The companies lure would-be entrepreneurs with false promises of big earnings for little effort. Some tips to finding a legitimate opportunity:

  • Consider the promotion carefully.
  • Get earnings claims in writing and compare them with the experience of previous franchise and business opportunity owners.
  • Study the business opportunity's franchise disclosure document.
  • Visit previous franchise and business opportunity owners in person, preferably at their place of business.
  • Check out the company with the local consumer protection agency and Better Business Bureau. See if there is any record of unresolved complaints.
  • If the business opportunity involves selling products from well-known companies, verify the relationship with the legal department of the company whose merchandise would be promoted.
  • Consult an attorney, accountant or other business advisor before you put any money down or sign any papers.
  • Take your time. Promoters of fraudulent business opportunities are likely to use high-pressure sales tactics to get you to buy in. If the business opportunity is legitimate, it'll still be around when you're ready to decide.

Mystery Shopper Jobs

Mystery shopper jobs may seem easy and lucrative, but they may be fraudulent. According to the FTC, some scams require you to pay a fee for the privilege of working for the company. Other companies send you a fake cashier's check to deposit; then they instruct you to send most of the money to another address and use only a small amount for the shopping trip. When the bank discovers that the check is not legal, you will be liable for repaying the money. For more information on mystery shopping, check your local bookstore, library or the Mystery Shopping Providers Association.

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Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Bedrooms This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Bathrooms This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Recreation Room This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Laundry and Basement This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Garage This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Sporting Equipment This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Men's Clothing This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Women's Clothing This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Children's Clothing This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Jewelry This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Electrical Appliances This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Linens This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Miscellaneous This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Military tax free zones Please click the link to view the image. Military tax free zones Motor Vehicles Schedule 20. Military tax free zones Home (Excluding Contents) Note. Military tax free zones If you used the entire property as your home, fill out only column (a). Military tax free zones If you used part of the property as your home and part of it for business or to produce rental income, you must allocate the entries on lines 2-9 between the personal part (column (a)) and the business/rental part (column (b)). Military tax free zones 1. Military tax free zones Description of property (Show location and date acquired. Military tax free zones )     (a)  Personal Part (b)  Business/Rental Part 2. Military tax free zones Cost or other (adjusted) basis of property (from Worksheet A)     3. Military tax free zones Insurance or other reimbursement Note. Military tax free zones If line 2 is more than line 3, skip line 4. Military tax free zones If line 3 is more than line 2, you exclude gain, and the gain is more than you can exclude, see the instructions for line 3 in the Instructions for Form 4684 for the amount to enter. Military tax free zones     4. Military tax free zones Gain from casualty. Military tax free zones If line 3 is more than line 2, enter the difference here and skip lines 5 through 9. Military tax free zones But see Next below line 9. Military tax free zones     5. Military tax free zones Fair market value before casualty     6. Military tax free zones Fair market value after casualty     7. Military tax free zones Decrease in fair market value. Military tax free zones Subtract line 6 from line 5. Military tax free zones     8. Military tax free zones Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 7 Note for business/rental part. Military tax free zones If the property was totally destroyed by casualty, enter on line 8, column (b) the amount from line 2, column (b). Military tax free zones     9. Military tax free zones Subtract line 3 from line 8. Military tax free zones If zero or less, enter -0-. Military tax free zones     Next: Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (a), above to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section A. Military tax free zones Transfer the entries from line 1 and lines 2-9, column (b), to the corresponding lines on Form 4684, Section B. Military tax free zones Worksheet A. Military tax free zones Cost or Other (Adjusted) Basis Caution. Military tax free zones See the Worksheet A Instructions before you use this worksheet. Military tax free zones         (a) Personal Part (b) Business/Rental Part 1. Military tax free zones   Enter the purchase price of the home damaged or destroyed. Military tax free zones (If you filed Form 2119 when you originally acquired that home to postpone gain on the sale of a previous home before May 7, 1997, enter the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military tax free zones ) 1. Military tax free zones     2. Military tax free zones   Seller paid points for home bought after 1990. Military tax free zones Do not include any seller-paid points you already subtracted to arrive at the amount entered on line 1 2. Military tax free zones     3. Military tax free zones   Subtract line 2 from line 1 3. Military tax free zones     4. Military tax free zones   Settlement fees or closing costs. Military tax free zones (See Settlement costs in Publication 551. Military tax free zones ) If line 1 includes the adjusted basis of the new home from Form 2119, skip lines 4a-4g and 5; go to line 6. Military tax free zones         a. Military tax free zones Abstract and recording fees 4a. Military tax free zones       b. Military tax free zones Legal fees (including fees for title search and preparing documents) 4b. Military tax free zones       c. Military tax free zones Survey fees 4c. Military tax free zones       d. Military tax free zones Title insurance 4d. Military tax free zones       e. Military tax free zones Transfer or stamp taxes 4e. Military tax free zones       f. Military tax free zones Amounts that the seller owed that you agreed to pay (back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, and sales commissions) 4f. Military tax free zones       g. Military tax free zones Other 4g. Military tax free zones     5. Military tax free zones   Add lines 4a through 4g 5. Military tax free zones     6. Military tax free zones   Cost of additions and improvements. Military tax free zones (See Increases to Basis in Publication 551. Military tax free zones ) Do not include any additions and improvements included on line 1 6. Military tax free zones     7. Military tax free zones   Special tax assessments paid for local improvements, such as streets and sidewalks 7. Military tax free zones     8. Military tax free zones   Other increases to basis 8. Military tax free zones     9. Military tax free zones   Add lines 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 9. Military tax free zones     10. Military tax free zones   Depreciation allowed or allowable, related to the business use or rental of the home 10. Military tax free zones 0   11. Military tax free zones   Other decreases to basis (See Decreases to Basis in Publication 551. Military tax free zones ) 11. Military tax free zones     12. Military tax free zones   Add lines 10 and 11 12. Military tax free zones     13. Military tax free zones   Cost or other (adjusted) basis of home damaged or destroyed. Military tax free zones Subtract line 12 from line 9. Military tax free zones Enter here and on Schedule 20, line 2 13. Military tax free zones     Worksheet A Instructions. Military tax free zones If you use Worksheet A to figure the cost or other (adjusted) basis of your home, follow these instructions. Military tax free zones DO NOT use this worksheet to determine your basis if you acquired an interest in your home from a decedent who died in 2010 and whose executor filed Form 8939. Military tax free zones IF. Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones   THEN. Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones you inherited your home from a decedent who died either before or after 2010 or from a decedent who died in 2010 and whose executor did not file Form 8939. Military tax free zones 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 2 find your basis using the rules under Inherited Property in Publication 551. Military tax free zones Enter this amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones you received your home as a gift 1 read Property Received as a Gift in Publication 551 and enter on lines 1 and 3 of the worksheet either the donor's adjusted basis or the home's fair market value at the time of the gift, whichever is appropriate. Military tax free zones 2 if you can add any federal gift tax to your basis, enter that amount on line 5 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 3 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military tax free zones you received your home as a trade for other property 1 enter on line 1 of the worksheet the fair market value of the other property at the time of the trade. Military tax free zones (But if you received your home as a trade for your previous home before May 7, 1997, and had a gain on the trade that you postponed using Form 2119, enter on line 1 of the worksheet the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military tax free zones ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military tax free zones you built your home 1 add the purchase price of the land and the cost of building the home. Military tax free zones Enter that total on line 1 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones (However, if you filed a Form 2119 to postpone gain on the sale of a previous home before May 7, 1997, enter on line 1 of the worksheet the adjusted basis of the new home from that Form 2119. Military tax free zones ) 2 fill out the rest of the worksheet. Military tax free zones you received your home from your spouse after July 18, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet your spouse's cost or other (adjusted) basis in the home just before you received it. Military tax free zones 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military tax free zones you owned a home jointly with your spouse, who transferred his or her interest in the home to you after July 18, 1984     fill out one worksheet, making adjustments to basis for events both before and after the transfer. Military tax free zones   you received your home from your spouse before July 19, 1984 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 2 enter on line 5 of the worksheet the home's fair market value at the time you received it. Military tax free zones 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military tax free zones you owned a home jointly with your spouse, and your spouse transferred his or her interest in the home to you before July 19, 1984 1 fill out a worksheet, lines 1–13, making adjustments to basis only for events before the transfer. Military tax free zones 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Military tax free zones 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest at the time of the transfer. Military tax free zones 3 multiply the fair market value of the home at the time of the transfer by 50% (0. Military tax free zones 50). Military tax free zones Generally, this is the basis of the half-interest that your spouse owned. Military tax free zones 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military tax free zones 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after the transfer. Military tax free zones you owned your home jointly with a nonspouse 1 fill out lines 1–13 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 2 multiply the amount on line 13 by your percentage of ownership to get the adjusted basis of your part-interest. Military tax free zones Worksheet A Instructions. Military tax free zones (Continued) IF. Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones   THEN. Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones . Military tax free zones you owned your home jointly with your spouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty 1 fill out a worksheet, lines 1–13, including adjustments to basis only for events before your spouse's death. Military tax free zones 2 multiply the amount on line 13 of that worksheet by 50% (0. Military tax free zones 50) to get the adjusted basis of your half-interest on the date of death. Military tax free zones 3 figure the basis for the half-interest owned by your spouse. Military tax free zones This is one-half of the fair market value on the date of death (or later alternate valuation used for estate or inheritance tax). Military tax free zones (The basis in your half will remain one-half of the adjusted basis determined in step 2. Military tax free zones ) 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military tax free zones 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Military tax free zones you owned your home jointly with your spouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty, and your permanent legal home is in a community property state 1 skip lines 1–4 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones 2 enter the amount of your basis on line 5 of the worksheet. Military tax free zones Generally, this is the fair market value of the home at the time of death. Military tax free zones (But see Community Property in Publication 551 for special rules. Military tax free zones ) 3 fill out lines 6–13 of the worksheet, making adjustments to basis only for events after your spouse's death. Military tax free zones you owned your home jointly with a nonspouse who died before 2010 and before the casualty 1 fill out lines 1–13 of the worksheet, including adjustments to basis only for events before the co-owner's death. Military tax free zones 2 multiply the amount on line 13 by your percentage of ownership to get the adjusted basis of your part-interest on the date of death. Military tax free zones 3 multiply the fair market value on the date of death (or later alternate valuation used for estate or inheritance tax) by the co-owner's percentage of ownership. Military tax free zones This is the basis for the co-owner's part-interest. Military tax free zones 4 add the amounts from steps 2 and 3 and enter the total on line 5 of a second worksheet. Military tax free zones 5 complete lines 6–13 of the second worksheet, including adjustments to basis only for events after the co-owner's death. Military tax free zones your home was ever damaged as a result of a prior casualty 1 on line 8 of the worksheet, enter any amounts you spent to restore the home to its condition before the prior casualty. Military tax free zones 2 on line 11 enter: any insurance reimbursements you received (or expect to receive) for the prior loss,  and any deductible casualty losses from prior years not covered by insurance. Military tax free zones the person who sold you your home paid points on your loan and you bought your home after 1990 but before April 4, 1994. Military tax free zones   on line 2 enter the seller-paid points only if you deducted them as home mortgage interest in the year paid (unless you used the seller-paid points to reduce the amount on line 1). Military tax free zones the person who sold you your home paid points on your loan and you bought your home after April 3, 1994   on line 2 enter the seller-paid points even if you did not deduct them (unless you used the seller-paid points to reduce the amount on line 1). Military tax free zones you used part of the property as your home and part of it for business or to produce rental income   you must allocate the entries on Worksheet A between the personal part (column (a)) and the business/rental part (column (b)). Military tax free zones none of these items apply   fill out the entire worksheet. Military tax free zones Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications