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Giving Donations as a Tax Break

  • Donations can be cash or property, as long as the donation is used to benefit the general public
  • Can give donations to houses of worship and organizations that are charitable, religious, scientific, literary, educational, or try to prevent cruelty to children or animals
  • Can give to states, cities, towns and Native American tribal governments
  • Can give to membership organizations
  • Can give to nonprofits in Canada, Mexico and Israel if you have income based in those countries
  • Keep any records of donations you get from the organization
  • If you volunteer, you can deduct your driving expenses or your mileage