donation to nonprofit in leu of payment


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Lisa

I've been doing web sites for non-profits for free for a few
years. now, I'm begining to get requests from businesses.
I'm really not up for starting a business yet, but I'd like
to do the work. Instead of the business owner paying me for
a web site, can I have her donate the amount to a charity?
That would clear me of any tax liability, but would it mess
up her taxes? Is there a way to do this?

Thanks,
Lisa
 
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Barry Margolin

I've been doing web sites for non-profits for free for a few
years. now, I'm begining to get requests from businesses.
I'm really not up for starting a business yet, but I'd like
to do the work. Instead of the business owner paying me for
a web site, can I have her donate the amount to a charity?
That would clear me of any tax liability, but would it mess
up her taxes? Is there a way to do this?
If you require them to do it, I suspect the IRS would view
it as a scam. It would be treated as if they were paying you
and you were making the donations.

But if it's just a suggestion that you make to them (kind of
like people who make similar requests in lieu of
wedding/birthday gifts), it seems like it would be OK. I
don't see how it would mess up her taxes; she'd get work
done, and also get a tax deduction.
 

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