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Tax Deductions and Charity for Churches

You must be sure to ask the church for a donation receipt for any contributions that you will make. This receipt will be needed when you start to prepare your taxes.

Many people make weekly, monthly or annual donations to their church. I

To reciprocate, the church would often send you a statement detailing your contribution amounts. If you are by chance a member of the church, there should be a record on file of your history on contributions. Often there are special campaigns that would exist to increase donations. This gift would also require a receipt. You need to keep track of your giving throughout the year so you will be able to be sure to get credit for the donations you have given when calculating tax deductions. Donations to churches would often go towards general operating expenses, mission work, building costs and improvements and this would all be to help those in need. There may be a special appeal that the church would have to having to fund a specific project as well. Whatever the reason, the donations are essential for any organization. If you do not receive a letter which is responsible for thanking you for your donation or a year end tax receipt, it is definitely acceptable to ask for one. You can just simply call the church office and let them know you need a receipt for the taxes and have not gotten one yet. You may also want to mention how much you have given and of course the dates of your donations. Some churches issue receipts annually. This is usually done by the end of January each year and this is done in order to give donors a record for their taxes. This may be in the form of a statement aside from a thank you letter. Since there is not a specific form to use a donation receipt, many churches create their own letter forms or statement forms which are to be used as proof of receiving a donation. If you are the person responsible for generating receipts, consider using one of the forms which are found online or provided by your churches.

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