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Author: travster One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121114  
Subject: receipts for donations Date: 6/10/2001 3:33 AM
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I donate to a number of charities. And they all give me receipts except for one, my church. I go to a large church, and they only give year end tax receipts for individual donations over $250 at a time. But if you donate, say, $50/week for the whole year, for a total of $2600, you don't get a receipt, ever. This makes me nervous. I do always donate by check. But should I be worried about my tax deduction?
Are cancelled checks, which I would have to order from my bank, good enough for an IRS auditor?

I think (?) that the law says that the law says only individual donations of $250 at a time need be recorded by the charity. But this is the first church I have heard of not giving tax receipts to everyone.

Travster

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Author: acm4tax Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 51684 of 121114
Subject: Re: receipts for donations Date: 6/10/2001 4:51 AM
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If your church has a policy for no receipts unless you give $250 at a time, then why don't you withhold your contributions and only contribute when you're able to make the $250 contribution? That way you'd be guaranteed a statement at the end of the year!

It would seem to me that you could request a receipt if you needed to.

Best wishes.

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Author: pmarti Big funky green star, 20000 posts Home Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 51686 of 121114
Subject: Re: receipts for donations Date: 6/10/2001 10:43 AM
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I donate to a number of charities. And they all give me receipts except for one, my church. I go to a large church, and they only give year end tax receipts for individual donations over $250 at a time. But if you donate, say, $50/week for the whole year, for a total of $2600, you don't get a receipt, ever. This makes me nervous. I do always donate by check. But should I be worried about my tax deduction? Are cancelled checks, which I would have to order from my bank, good enough for an IRS auditor?

Receipts are not required for donations under $250 unless something of value was provided by the charity. Your cancelled checks would be sufficient were you audited. Actually, you probably wouldn't even have to get the checks. Your register plus your bank statements would be sufficient.

Phil Marti
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