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It's Not Too Late To Give To Charity

Dana Point and Laguna Niguel residents you can still make a contribution before the year ends. See these tips from the IRS.

Information provided by the Internal Revenue Service

It's not too late for end-of-the-year charity gift giving.

As 2012 comes to a close, individuals and businesses need to remember some key tax provisions for making contributions to charity. The IRS offers these reminders for year-end giving: 

  • To deduct monetary donations you must have a bank record or written document from the charity stating the name of the charity, the contribution amount and the date.
  • Contributions are deductible in the year made, even if the credit card bill isn't paid or the check isn't cashed until 2013.
  • Only donations made to qualified organizations are tax deductible. Make sure the organization you want to donate to is qualified before making any contribution.
  • Individuals must itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A or use a short form (Form 1040A and 1040EZ) to claim the standard deduction.

Visit IRS.gov for more tips.

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