Many businesses make charitable contributions to different organizations each year. These various charitable contributions can be deducted on the businesses tax form. It is important that businesses make sure they are making their contributions to a qualified organization. If it is not a qualified organization then donations cannot be deducted. A charity may be public or private, but public corporations are more common and may be more likely to be a qualified organization. Corporations may deduct up to 10% of their income as charitable contributions.
Charitable contributions do not have to be monetary to be tax deductible. Real estate, vehicles or jewelry are examples of items that can be deducted if donated to charitable organizations. These items are simply valued at their current market value, meaning the price they would earn in the market today. An example of such a donation would be a vehicle to Kars for Kids.
Corporate or business deductions are handled differently than individual contributions. If the business owner is a sole proprietor they take the entire deduction, if the business is a partnership or involves shareholders the deduction is spread out equally amongst these members.
Pledges do not meet criteria for charitable deductions unless the money is paid during the year of preparation for the tax return. The money must be paid and not pledged during that year. Volunteer hours are also not allowed as charitable contributions.
Documentation of charitable donations is important. Cancelled checks, bank statements and appraisals are all excepted forms of documentation. Businesses can also receive a letter of receipt from a charitable donation they have made.
Donating to various charities is a great idea for a business or corporation. Not only does it say that the business thinks its community is important, it’s a great way to build relationships with the community as well. Businesses can also deduct certain charitable contributions on their income tax forms making it a great situation for all involved.