Qualifying for a Tax Deduction,
You can deduct contributions to charity only if you itemize deductions on your Schedule A of Form 1040. You must take into account certain limitations on charitable contribution deductions. For example, your deduction cannot exceed 50% of your adjusted gross income.
Other limitations may apply. Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, provides detailed information on claiming deductions and the deduction limits. It also describes the types of organizations that are qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions. Publication 526 is available online at www.irs.gov or by calling (800) 829-3676 (toll-free).