What contributions are deductible?

March 1, 2019

DEDUCTIBLE: Money or Property that you give to the following may be deductible as charitable contributions: 

  • Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious organizations 

  • Federal, state, and local governments, if your contribution is solely for public purposes (for example, a gift to reduce the public debt or maintain a public park) 

  • Nonprofit schools and hospitals 

  • The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, CARE, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, etc. 

  • War veterans' groups

  • Expenses paid for a student living with you, sponsored by a qualified organization 

  • Out-of-pocket expenses when you serve a qualified organization as a volunteer

NOT DEDUCTIBLE: Money or Property that you give to the following may not be deductible as charitable contributions: 


  • Civic leagues, social and sports clubs, labor unions, and chambers of 

  • Foreign organizations (except certain Canadian, Israeli, and Mexican charities) 

  • Groups that are run for personal profit 

  • Groups whose purpose is to lobby for law changes 

  • Homeowners' associations 

  • Individuals 

  • Political groups or candidates for public office 

  • Cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets 

  • Dues, fees, or bills paid to country clubs, lodges, fraternal orders, or similar groups 

  • Tuition

  • Value of your time or services 

  • Value of blood given to a blood banks


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