Tax Tip Tuesday: IRS Tips for Charitable Giving

November 28, 2017

 

Giving Tuesday is an annual event celebrated the week after Thanksgiving to kick off the season of charitable giving. Taxpayers making donations may be able to deduct them on their tax return.

 

As people are deciding where to make their donations, the IRS has a tool that may help.

 

Exempt Organizations Select Check on IRS.gov is a tool that allows users to search for charities. It provides information about an organization’s federal tax status and filings.

 

Here are four facts about EO Select Check:

  • Donors can use it to confirm an organization is tax exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

  • Users can find out if an organization had its tax-exempt status revoked. A common reason for this is that the organization did not file its Form 990 or notices annually as required.

  • EO Select Check does not list certain organizations that may be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. This includes churches, organizations in a group ruling, and governmental entities.

  • An organization’s “doing business as” name is not searchable. Search using an organization’s legal name instead.

 

Also, we are continuing to watch the status of tax reform and will let you know as soon as something passes.

 

Disclaimer: The items included in the Tax Tip Tuesday Video Blog are informational only and are not meant as tax advice. Consult with your tax advisor to determine how any item applies to your situation. IRS Circular 230 disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advise contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein

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