To claim a deduction for a donation of $250 or more, you generally need a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity. “Contemporaneous” means the earlier of the date you file your income tax return, or the extended due date of your return. If you made a donation in 2020 but don’t have a written acknowledgment, you can request it from the charity and wait to file your 2020 return until you receive it. Additional rules apply to certain types of donations. Keep in mind that under a 2020 law, taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions can claim a federal income tax write-off for up to $300 of cash contributions to IRS-approved charities for the 2020 tax year.
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