**The information below has not been verified for the 2018 tax year as the IRS Publication 526 has not yet been released by the IRS.**
Charitable contributions are entered on Schedule A (1040), Lines 11-12. To be deductible, a contribution must be made to a qualified organization. See the IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check tool for a searchable list of qualified organizations.
To enter deductible contributions in TaxAct® through the Federal Q&A:
TaxAct Plus and Premium users can quickly and easily enter information for donated items using the Donation Assistant. Click Donation Assistant in the main menu. This tool will provide you with the certified resale values of over 1,300 items so you can accurately determine how much the donated item is worth. The information you enter will automatically flow to the appropriate form in your tax return.
Note. Regardless of the amount of your contribution, it must be supported by a bank record or a written communication from the charity. The written communication must include the name of the charity, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. You do not need to attach this supporting documentation to your return, but should keep it with your tax records.
Examples of Deductible Charitable Contributions:
If items in a donation exceed $500, the IRS requires that you report some additional information including the Date Acquired. If you are entering a group of items that were acquired at different times, you can enter "Various" for the Date Acquired.