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Donate Cash in 2021 and you may get a tax deduction of up to $600!

While you’re in a festive mood this holiday season, you may be able to decrease your tax bill for your donations made before the end of the year!

To receive a tax benefit for donations that you make in most years, you have to itemize.  For 2021, Americans can get a tax benefit of up to $600 for donations they make without having to itemize!

Married Filing Joint: up to $600

Individual, Married Filing Separate: up to $300

Donations must be made by cash, check, or card; so you can’t count items or services that you donate.  They also must be made to a qualified charity, so check the status on the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search Tool ( but most non-profit charitable organizations will qualify.  Donations must be made between Jan 1st and Dec 31st, 2021.

You’ll also want to keep a record of your donation: keep a copy of the donation statement (or acknowledgement letter) from the charity.