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Verify charitable write-offs

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in Small Business Tax,Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

How can you check out an organization’s status? The easiest way is to investigate it online. Here are three top resources.

1. IRS web site: The IRS maintains a list of tax-exempt organizations. You can access the list in Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations. If you have other questions, contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or obtain copies of Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, and Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property.

2. Other web sites: Search out and evaluate more than 700,000 charities at GuideStar. Other good sources are CharitableWay and the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

3. Better Business Bureau: The BBB provides a wealth of information at www.bbb.org/charity. It also publishes a “Wise Giving Guide” evaluating hundreds of charities. 

Tip: Just having an “.org” extension isn’t enough. Don’t make unwarranted assumptions about charities.

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