Non-Itemizer Charitable Deduction

There’s still time to take advantage of a special provision letting you claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2021 even if you don’t itemize. The main restrictions:

  • The contribution must be paid by cash, check or credit card. Donations of property don’t qualify.
  • The dollar limit is $300 or, if married filing jointly, $600 for the couple. (A glitch that limited married couples to $300 last year has been fixed.)

Contributions in larger dollar amounts or made in the form of property are still allowed of course, but won’t be deductible unless you itemize.

Three Things About That Special Charitable Contribution Deduction

For 2020 only, we have a special charitable contribution deduction, allowing up to $300 for those who don’t itemize. This allowance doesn’t follow the usual rules, though. Here are three things you’ll want to know about this charitable deduction.

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