Charitable Contributions

Planning for Charitable Contribution Limitations

The amount of charitable contributions an individual can deduct in any one tax year is limited depending on the types of organizations to which the contributions were made, the kinds of property contributed, and the amount or value of the donated property.

No Deduction for Donating Right to Burn House

The Tax Court held that taxpayers who gave a local fire department the right to burn down a house on property they had recently purchased were not entitled to a charitable deduction donation for the value of the house.

No Deduction Allowed for Contribution of Easement

The Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to a charitable deduction for a contribution of a conservation easement on land subject to a mortgage because the mortgagee’s rights in the land had not been subordinated to the rights of the charitable organization that received the easement.

When Is Form 8283 Required to Be Filed?

The IRS should revise the instructions for Form 8283 to more clearly explain when it is required to be filed, given that the instructions state that failure to file the form can cause the deduction to be disallowed in its entirety.

Contribution Deduction Denied for Gifts to Family Public Charity

The Tax Court denied a taxpayer’s claim for a deduction for a contribution of stock to a charitable foundation that the foundation used to set up a family public charity account in which the taxpayer’s contribution was segregated for investment and future distribution at the taxpayer’s discretion.

The Changing Landscape of Conservation Easements

Conservation easements are some of the most effective tools available to ensure permanent conservation of privately held land in the United States. This article discusses federal income tax benefits from the creation of conservation easements.

No Deduction for House Donated to Fire Department

This item discusses the determination of the amount of the charitable deduction for the donation of a house to a fire department that intends to use the house for training exercises—including burning it to the ground.

A Little-Known Tax Benefit: The Gift of Inventory

Tax incentives are available for contributions of inventory for the care of the ill, needy, or infants, but many taxpayers may be unaware of them. This item outlines the current rules for an increased deduction and analyzes events leading up to the current rules.

Deducting Donated Services and Out-of-Pocket Expenses

A taxpayer who has limited resources but wants to make a deductible charitable contribution has limited options. While a deduction is not allowed for the value of charitable volunteer work, unreimbursed expenses may be deductible.

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Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

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