Are Tithes and Offerings to Church Deductible?


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NoName

My wife and I throw some cash into the offering plate on the Sundays we
attend church. Is this a deductible charitable contribution? Thanks.
 
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Paul

NoName said:
My wife and I throw some cash into the offering plate on the Sundays we
attend church. Is this a deductible charitable contribution? Thanks.

In general, yes, but you may be called upon to prove it in an audit. You
would do that with some kind of records, etc.

Also hope that someone from the church can say "yeah, I know them. They sit
right over there on Sunday" type of thing. And they use terminology like
"good Christian people" when describing you.
 
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Lord Salt

NoName said:
My wife and I throw some cash into the offering plate on the Sundays we
attend church. Is this a deductible charitable contribution? Thanks.
Yes, on Schedule A under charitable contributions. Take the higher of
Schedule A itemized deductions or the standard deduction.
 
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Phil Marti

NoName said:
My wife and I throw some cash into the offering plate on the Sundays we
attend church.
Checks would be better, but aren't absolutely necessary. Do make sure you
keep a contemporaneous record of your cash contributions. I do it in my
checkbook.
 
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You might able to talk to your church and get them to adopt offering envelopes that have the little rip-off tabs where you record the information as your own little "receipt". Then retain all of those for tax records.
 
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Yes, your church donations are certainly deductible. If your total cash donations to the church are not more than a few hundred dollars for the entire year, I wouldn't get too hung up on keeping records. Thanks
 
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My wife and I throw some cash into the offering plate on the Sundays we
attend church. Is this a deductible charitable contribution? Thanks.
No you cannot. From IRS Publication 526

Cash Contributions

Cash contributions include those paid by cash, check, electronic funds transfer, debit card, credit card, or payroll deduction.

You cannot deduct a cash contribution, regardless of the amount, unless you keep one of the following.

A bank record that shows the name of the qualified organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Bank records may include:

A canceled check,

A bank or credit union statement, or

A credit card statement.

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.

The payroll deduction records described next.

In the case of a cash contribution made for the relief of victims of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, a telephone bill qualifies as a receipt in (2) above if it shows the name of the organization and the date and amount of the contribution. However, if you made that contribution after January 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, and deducted it on your 2009 return, you cannot deduct it on your 2010 return.


Kenneth Hoffman, EA
Tax Counsel to Business, Professionals and Select Individuals
954-591-8290
 

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