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Donations and Record Keeping

How much do you know about making donations and the records that you should be keeping?

  • 1. With all single charitable contributions valued at $250 or more, or cash gifts of any amount, you need to have a receipt or written acknowledgment including which piece of information?
  • A. A description and estimate of the value of any goods or services provided
  • B. The amount of cash and description of any property given
  • C. The date of the gift
  • D. All of the above

  • 2. If you make a donation of $250 or more, you must send the receipt to the IRS.
  • A. True
  • B. False

  • 3. If you make a gift of property valued at more than $500, what additional records, if any, do you need?
  • A. Information on how you got the property on IRS Form 8283
  • B. Only the receipt from the organization
  • C. An appraisal
  • D. None of the above

  • 4. If you want to deduct more than $5,000 for your gift, what do you need to obtain?
  • A. A simple, written acknowledgment from the organization
  • B. A special, written document from the organization, not a simple written acknowledgment
  • C. A qualified written appraisal for all gifts except cash or marketable securities
  • D. None of the above

  • 5. If you receive tax statements informing you of how much income you received from your gift during the year and how it's taxed, what do you need to do with them?
  • A. Keep the forms in the event you are ever audited by the IRS
  • B. Submit all the forms with your federal income tax return
  • C. Do not submit the forms with your federal income tax return, but do submit them directly to the IRS
  • D. File a separate form that combines all the information for the year

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