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How to Determine if a Charity is Qualified to Receive Tax-Deductible Donations


Ask yourself whether the charity appears to fit the IRS definition for qualified organizations.


Ask the organization whether it is qualified; most will be able to tell you.


Check the organization's status in IRS Publication 78, which lists most qualified organizations. The IRS Web site has a searchable form of Publication 78.


Call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to verify a new organization's status.

Tips and Warnings

  • Although most nonprofit groups qualify to receive tax-deductible donations, some do not. In addition, having "tax-exempt" status does not necessarily mean that a group is qualified to receive tax-deductible donations.

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