Charitable deductions in America

Donating to help grant wishes is important and makes a difference in the lives of critically ill children and their loved ones. Many Americans consider having charitable deductions done in order to give out donations to their desired organizations. Through charitable donations, Americans who have higher incomes are able to have taxes saved.

The IRS has drawn a clear line between what counts as charitable donations and what does not. You will first have to know if the purpose for your charitable donations fits the criteria by IRS before you can put any claim on taxes for the donations.

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How much can you claim on taxes for donations?

When you plan to make charitable donations, you need to know that the amount of taxes you can claim for these donations has certain limitations for each case. You can get up to a hundred percent deduction if you make cash donations by check, bank transfer, or cash itself. For your property such as automobiles, clothes, and home furnishings, you can get up to fifty percent of your AGI at market value. There are some additional restrictions based on your property’s type, condition, and cost.

If you are donating through Capital Gain Asset, you can get fifty percent if you are deducting at cost and thirty percent if you are deducting at Fair Market Value. If you are donating to a fraternal society or to the war veterans group, you can deduct an amount of up to thirty percent of your Adjusted Gross Income. If you are donating through Ordinary Income Asset, you can get at a cost about fifty percent of your AGI.

Corporate charitable deductions in the America


A corporation carrying a charitable deduction can also receive tax deductions based on the type of donation. According to the IRS, it is important to note that a corporation can deduct a maximum of twenty-five percent of its taxable income.

Which states allow charitable deduction?

Various states of the US have their policies on charitable deductions. For example, California puts a limitation of fifty percent of your AGI on cash contributions. Arizona allows all of the qualified medical expenses. As mentioned earlier, the IRS has provided a layout for the type of donations and the rules for charitable deductions accordingly.


The influence of donations

You may be donating what you consider is a small amount, but it can be life-changing for wish children living with critical illnesses. Even the slightest help you provide Make-A-Wish can impact lives in the long run. Donations have changed many wish childrens’ lives through the years globally. Donate and give hope to critically ill children and their loved ones. Learn more about how you can support eligible children at our FAQ.


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How do charitable deductions work in America?

Charitable deductions act as a benefit taxpayers receive from donating to a charity organization. Make-A-Wish America allows taxpayers who donate to receive charitable deductions according to the rules and limitations laid out by the IRS. By donating either in the form of cash, property, or stocks, a taxpayer is able to get the amount they wish to donate for charity deducted from their tax returns. The amount of tax deduction you receive depends on the income, filing status, and type of donation. You can use an income tax deduction by giving a donation to a public and qualified charity. You receive tax deductions as per the criteria laid down by the IRS.

Is there a limit on charitable deductions in America?

The IRS has laid down specific criteria or rules upon which a taxpayer can receive tax deductions. There are certain limitations as well which contribute towards the decision on the final amount of deduction one can receive. According to the IRS, an individual taxpayer can receive deductions up to a hundred percent of their AGI. i.e., Adjusted Gross Income. However, a corporation can receive deductions to approximately twenty-five percent of its taxable income. In the case you itemize your deductions, you can receive a deduction on your charitable contributions of property or cash given to the qualified organizations. You may consult a tax adviser for more clarification.

Which states allow charitable deductions?

Make-A-Wish America allows you to receive charitable deductions as per the rules laid out by the IRS. Various American states allow you to receive these tax deductions. Some of these states include Arkansas, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, California, and South Dakota. In 2016, it was reported that Wyoming had over eleven thousand dollars worth of average charitable deductions while over ten thousand dollars in average charitable donations in Arkansas and Utah. In California, your cash contribution is limited to fifty percent of your Adjusted Gross Income. In Arizona, filers can get a charitable deduction of approximately twenty-five percent on their charitable contributions on their state tax for the year.

How does Make-A-Wish handle charitable deductions?

Make-A-Wish relies on individual and corporate donations, planned gifts, Affiliate and Chapter fees, and grants to help children living with critical illnesses have their wishes come true. Charitable deductions are carried out according to the rules and limits laid out by the government of the respective region. If you make a cash or property or stock donation while being a taxpayer, the amount of donation you give and the type of donation you give plays a part in figuring out how much final tax deduction you will receive. Make-A-Wish provides these charitable deductions to encourage taxpayers to give donations generously.

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle

Sarah Labelle is Digital Fundraising Manager at Make-A-Wish International, having joined the organization in 2022 after a previous mission in humanitarian healthcare. Sarah oversees new donor acquisitions and conversions through our digital channels. Additionally, Sarah manages the e-commerce side of the website, email marketing and strives to deliver a smooth donation process for all Make-A-Wish supporters.