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Married Couple's $37,315 Charitable Contribution Deduction Disallowed

The deduction lacked proper substantiation.

Last Reviewed: March 15, 2021
Key point. Charitable contribution deductions for contributions of noncash property are subject to various substantiation requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a loss of any deduction even if there is no doubt that a contribution was made.

The United States Tax Court disallowed a married couple's $37,315 charitable contribution deduction for lack of proper substantiation.

On Schedule A, Itemized Deductions, of their 2011 federal income tax return, a married couple (the "taxpayers") claimed a charitable contribution deduction of $37,315 for noncash charitable contributions, which the IRS disallowed in its entirety.

Taxpayers did not produce a receipt

The taxpayers contend that they donated property during 2011 to four charitable organizations: the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church (Church), Goodwill Industries (Goodwill), the Military Order of the Purple ...

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  • June 29, 2015
  • Last Reviewed: March 15, 2021

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