August 13, 2022

In a normal year — and no, we have not had one of those lately — only the small minority of those who itemize their tax returns can deduct charitable donations.

This year, however, most folks can get a break for giving money to charity whether they itemize or not.

The Internal Revenue Service joined with several nonprofit groups on Monday, Dec. 13, to get the word out about a special pandemic tax provision that can help the 85% of people who don’t itemize get a tax credit for their largesse.

The rules: You must give to a bona fide charity that has exempt status with the IRS. You can check whether the organization you want to give to qualifies at https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search.

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