Charities apart from being extremely soul quenching deeds are also good for the annual tax bills. The more you give to charities and non-profit organizations, the more you can reduce your taxes. A recent research has showed that more people give to charities just because it reduces annual taxes.
Many worthy charities dwell on the fact that its donators give more to charities and later enjoy deductions in taxes which they can easily claim. But there is a constant watch on tax payers to check inflated gifts. Many laws have passed to reduce the unhealthy practice for giving charities for the cause of tax deduction. The IRS is one of the government organizations which keeps a watch on these unhealthy practices and makes not of all deductions. What you need to produce to be entitled for tax deductions are all documentations about the donation made. For an all cash donation claim, you will need to produce documentation for the spare change that was dropped by you in the charity box. In case of an audit the IRS the IRS will check for a credit card statement or a canceled check or even a written acknowledgment from the non-profit organization about their donations. Donations of above $250 are entitled for tax deductions but you need to prove that you did not receive anything in return for the donation. Even a donated car will help you deduct tax to the tune of the sale price of the article. The IRS does not accept old clothes and household items as donated items and you will not be entitled to any tax deduction unless it is an object which can be auctioned. In case of an auction, you will be entitled to receive tax deductions for the amount your item is sold to the highest bidder.