Contact Us

IRS Offers Tax Tips For “The Season of Giving”

Getty Images

December is traditionally a month for giving generously to charities. Doing the right research is important prior to making any donation. Karen Connelly, spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service in Denver, says they like to get information out this time of year, that will help tax payers to make sure their donations get to qualified charities.

“And what that means is they need to find out if they have been accepted by the IRS as an exempt organization. They can do that on our website by using the Exempt Organizations Select Check Tool.” Connelly says those donations will count toward your return providing it’s made by December 31st. That includes credit card payments, even if they’re not paid until 2013

Connelly says be sure and keep a record of all donations, especially those made in cash. “You can also keep a canceled check, a bank or credit card statement or a payroll deduction record. And also, if your giving goods, like donating a car, a boat, a household item, those types of things, you’re gonna want to keep a written receipt from the organization you give to.”

Be sure to store them in a safe place so you can easily access them later when you file your tax return.

For more information about contributions, check out Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. The booklet is available on or order by mail at 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

To automatically receive IRS tax tips, visit, click on “News” and select “e-News Subscriptions.”




Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for K2 Fan Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive K2 Fan Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.