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Author: Jeanwa Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121585  
Subject: Re: Charitable deduction question Date: 1/18/2012 1:49 AM
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Donna: it looks like you mailed the check on Dec. 31, 2010. The charity received it 1/3/11 and deposited it on 1/4/11. It looks like it would be safe for you to claim it for the 2010 taxes. December 31, 2010 was on a Friday, January 1, 2011 (a postal holiday) was on Saturday.
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Fleg: Didn't you mean that it would be safe to claim it for the 2011 taxes?

I checked 2010 and found that we did not claim it for that year. And it's entirely possible that the check wasn't even mailed the day it was written. So I'm going with 2011. Thanks to all who responded.

--fleg

Your orginal question was:

You write and date the check for the donation on 12/31/10. It gets cashed on 1/4/11. It's deductible in 2010, not 2011, right?

--fleg


To me it looked like you took the donation in 2010 and then found the check wasn't cashed until 2011, so were concerned about the deduction taken last year. (I think most posters thought the same way.)

Donna's answer was correct, for the information you gave.

That said, there is nothing wrong, IMHO, with taking the deduction in 2011, since you didn't take it in 2010.

Not meaning to be testy, but if you had said you didn't take it last year in the OP it would have been easier to answer your question.

Jean
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