Question from a client: One of the charities I donate to told me that I don't need a receipt unless I donate $250 in one year...is this true...even if I get audited? Answer: Yes.
When a person gives money to a tax-exempt organization, the donation may or may not be tax deductible. Here are the basic rules: If the organization is a 501(c)(3), the donation is deductible as a charitable contribution. For other types of 501(c) organizations, the donation is generally not tax deductible, but there are exceptions. Those exceptions mainly apply to businesses.
In the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to help several small not-for-profits that were trying to get off the ground. One of the first questions they have is: can we be a 501(c)(3)?