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A donation receipt is used by companies and individuals in order to provide proof that cash or property was gifted to an individual, business, or organization. Primarily, the receipt is used by organizations for filing purposes and individual taxpayers to provide a deduction on their State and Federal (IRS) income tax. If the individual decides to make a deduction for the fiscal tax year, the receipt must be kept for a period of 2 years from the date the tax was paid or 3 years from the date the original return was filed, whichever is later.

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Receipt Types

How Much Can You Claim?

In accordance with IRS Publication 526, an individual may deduct a maximum up to 50% of their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for the tax year the donation was given (other limitations may apply).

Depending on current legislation, there may be ways to deduct more the limited amount, for example, in 2017 there was no restriction on how much a filer could deduct for donations given to “disaster area contributions”.

What Qualifies as a Charity to the IRS?

Before making a tax-deductible contribution, it’s best to Verify a 501(c)(3) Charity (Instructions) before deciding to donate to ensure the organization is eligible under IRS rules.

Charitable Organizations DO include:

  • Religious organizations such as churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques;
  • To a government endeavor such as a grant, fund, or thing that serves the general public (for example, giving to a public park);
  • Non-profit educational and medical facilities;
  • Veterans’ groups; and
  • General non-profit organizations (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way, etc.).

Charitable Organizations DO NOT include:

  • Sports clubs;
  • Civic or local groups;
  • Labor unions;
  • Political contributions; and
  • Gifts to other individuals.

Donation Types

Depending on the donation type, a donor may need to obtain a receipt with the required information from the IRS if they would like to receive a tax deduction on their return at the end of the year (IRS Form 1040 – Schedule A). A receipt is required for all donation types in excess of $250.

Cash ($) Payment

If payment is made by cash, credit card, or bank transfer the non-profit will be required to give a receipt if it’s over $250. Otherwise, it is not required by the IRS. If a receipt is given, there are no other additional requirements or procedures by the IRS.

Personal Property (in-kind)

Personal property donations, most commonly in the form of clothing, can be made in addition to furniture, household items, art, antique collectibles, boats, equipment, etc. In the event an individual would like to claim a donation in excess of $500 but less than $5,000, the property will need to be professionally appraised in order to be recognized by the IRS. The appraisal must be completed no later than 60 days from the donation date and the appraiser will need to authorize IRS Form 8283 – Section A.

If the property is in excess of $5,000 the donor will be required to complete IRS Form 8283 – Section B.

Vehicle

If a vehicle with value more than $500 is donated to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the following forms must be issued and filed with the IRS at the end of the fiscal year:

In both cases, the following vehicle information should be provided on the written receipt:

  • Donor’s Name
  • Charity’s Tax ID Number
  • 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Vehicle’s Odometer Reading
  • Description of Vehicle
    • Year
    • Make
    • Model
    • Color
    • Body Type
  • Date of the Contribution
  • *If sold, gross proceeds from the sale.

Sample – Cash Donation Receipt

DONATION RECEIPT

 

Date: March 14, 2019

Name of the Non-Profit Organization: Combat Wounded-Purple Heart Veterans Association

EIN: 47-1764985

DONATION INFORMATION

 

Donor’s Name: Francis Wilson

Donor’s Address: 41 Notchwoods Drive, Boiling Springs, SC 29316

Donation Value: $2000.00

Donation Description: Two-Thousand Dollars ($2000) Cash Donation, paid by check

I, the undersigned representative, declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that there were no goods or services provided as part of this donation. Furthermore, as of the date of this receipt the above-mentioned organization is a current and valid 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Sincerely,

Sample – Personal Property Donation Receipt

DONATION RECEIPT

 

Date: May 2, 2019

Name of the Non-Profit Organization: Denzil O Neal Trust Fbo The Salvation Army

EIN: 01-0284340

DONATION INFORMATION

 

Donor’s Name: Beverly Hutchins

Donor’s Mailing Address: 415 Center Street, Evansville, IN 47715

Donation Value: $1040.00

Donation Description: 1 medium-size leather couch, 4 speakers, 1 subwoofer, 1 stereo receiver, 1 coffee table, assorted clothing (24 items), and 1 coffee maker

I, the undersigned representative, declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that there were no goods or services provided as part of this donation. Furthermore, as of the date of this receipt the above-mentioned organization is a current and valid 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Sincerely,

Sample – Vehicle Donation Receipt

DONATION RECEIPT

 

Date: April 29, 2019

Name of the Non-Profit Organization: Cars 4 Change

EIN: 82-2723451

DONATION INFORMATION

 

Donor’s Name: Judith Blumenthal

Donor’s Mailing Address: 34 First Street, Gig Harbor, WA, 98332

Donation Value: $3988.00

Donation Description: 2001 Kia Sedan 4D, Blue

I, the undersigned representative, declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that there were no goods or services provided as part of this donation. Furthermore, as of the date of this receipt the above-mentioned organization is a current and valid 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Sincerely,

 

 

How to Write

Download: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.docx), Open Document Text (.odt)

1 – Obtain The Donation Receipt Template From This Page

The paperwork necessary to properly document a donation can be downloaded by clicking on one of the above links or buttons labeled “PDF,” “Word,” or “ODT.”

2 – The Header Will Require The Recipient’s Information

The Organization issuing this receipt in response to a donation made will need to identify itself in the header area of this receipt. Begin by entering the calendar date that will be attached to this receipt in the future on the first blank line (labeled “Date”). The full name of the Organization that has received the donation being recorded must be produced on the blank space labeled “Organization Name.” Now that we have reported the name of the Organization that received a donation, we must record its address as well. Utilize the blank spaces labeled “Street Address” and “City, State, Zip” to present this Organization’s official address.  Finally, the preformatted blank space labeled “EIN” to document the Organization’s entity identification number. If you do not have this information you may obtain it through a simple query made on the IRS Website

3 – Document The Donor And Donation Made

The first section in the body of this document is titled “Donation Value” and will contain a basic declaration statement. It will contain a few blank spaces that require some information filled in to properly supplement the language being used. Begin by producing the full name of the entity that has made the concerned donation to the Organization we reported in the header on the blank line that precedes the parenthesis label “Donor’s Name.” The dollar value of the donation made must be written out on the blank space just before the word “Dollars.” The dollar amount of this donation must be recorded again in the parenthesis label numerically just after the dollar sign.”

4 – Classify The Donation And Recipient Organization

The next area will be composed of several checkbox statements. You must check the box that best defines the type of donation made by the Donor. Be prepared to supply some additional supporting information to satisfy this classification process. If the Donor made a “Monetary Payment,” then mark the first checkbox. If this is the case then you must indicate how this money was delivered by marking the checkbox labeled “Check,” “Credit Card,” “Cash,” or “Other.” The blank space after the word “Other” has been supplied so that you can define the method of payment should the first three methods be inapplicable. If the Donor has made a “Food” donation then mark the second checkbox.  If the Donor has made this type of donation, then locate the page labeled “Exhibit A” at the end of this document and fill in the food item to the first column and its USD dollar value in the second column. If the donation was “Property” then, mark the third checkbox. Also, make sure to describe each piece of property donated in the first column of “Exhibit A” and how much it is worth (in USD) in the second column. If the Donor has donated a “Vehicle” then, you must mark the last checkbox in this list. Additionally, you must locate “Exhibit B” at the end of this document and fill in the vehicle’s “Make,” “Model,” “Color,” “Year,” “Body Style,” “Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)” and current “Odometer Reading” (in miles).” In the area titled “Organization Type,” a description of the tax status of the Recipient Organization must be provided. One of the two statements in this area must be marked. Thus, if the Recipient Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization then mark the “Classified” checkbox. If this donation is being made to an organization that is “Not Classified As A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization” then mark the second checkbox.

5 – A Binding Signature From The Recipient Organization Is Required For Verification

The Recipient Organization of this donation must elect an official that can sign this document on its behalf. This individual must sign his or her name on the blank space labeled “Authorized Signature.” Once he or she has signed the above line, the Representative must print his or her name on the blank space labeled “Representative’s Name” Finally, the “Title” the Representative holds with the Recipient Organization should be reported on the last blank space. 

 


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