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Charitable contributions

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If the standard deduction is taken in 2020, what additional contributions can be taken?

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 new deduction available for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. You don't have to itemize to claim the deduction, but the same rules apply for documentation

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Emphasis on " the same rules apply for documentation." You actually must have made the donation in order to claim $300/$600.

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Obviously, IRS is not going to audit anyone to check on a $300 donation.  And everyone knows that -- this is just the camel's nose under the tent so that the amount can be raised in the future.  

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Note that the $300 contribution must be a documented cash/check donation.