I donated money to my church by putting money in the collection plate.
I don't have a receipt. Can I deduct it?
No! IRS rules require written evidence for ALL deductible donations.
What kind of written evidence do I need?
I gave money to a deserving family that had a lot of medical expenses or a family hurt by the recent floods? Can I deduct it?
No! IRS rules require that deductible donations be made to qualifying
charitable organizations, which are 501(c)-3 organization such as Catholic Charities, Goodwill, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Schenectady Inner City Mission, United Jewish Appeal, United Way, YMCA, YWCA, etc. Nonprofit educational institutions including colleges and universities, schools, and museums also qualify. Churches, syngagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious congregations are also eligible.
You can't deduct a donation you made to an individual or family, no matter how deserving.
What about political campaigns? Can I get a deduction for that?
No! Donations to political campaigns are NOT eligible for deduction anywhere on your taxes.
I gave used clothing to the Goodwill