would you stop donating if there is no tax benefit

United States
October 30, 2009 3:35pm CST
In the United States, if you donate some items to the charity, usually the charity will give you a receipt for what you were giving out. At the beginning of each year, you might have some tax benefit if you show your accountant or IRS those receipts. In the recent laws requirement, the items you donated must be in good shape, otherwise, its value won't be accountable. So, I just wondering, if you know that you might not have the tax benefit, would you still donate to the charity?
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@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
31 Oct 09
I still would donate to charities. I don't do it for the tax benefit. I had to laugh last year when someone from my church dropped off a form recording the amount we put in the offering plate the previous year. I asked when that started. I've never heard of such a thing. Makes me wonder how many people put money in the offering plate knowing they'll get a tax break on it. There just seems to be something wrong with that. I donate to certain charities because I genuinely want to help them. Isn't that what charity is all about?
@Zenstrive (239)
• Indonesia
31 Oct 09
Of course not. I believe that by donating I will empower people that are in need. Some of them will make then make it through and make positive additions to the general economy that will benefit me in the end. That simple. I am a muslim, and we believe that what we really own is what we donate and not what's in the banks :)
@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
31 Oct 09
I donate. I have 3 regular charities that I give to . Hmmm I am not sure though if there is such a law as that in my country. Maybe that is the reason why one of this three gives me receipts regularly. Anyway I donate to help not to get tax benefits. I would even prefer that the charities don't know me at all. I am much into the donate anonymously thing.
@MAllen400 (830)
30 Oct 09
I am in England and if you give to charity you do not get tax relief although having said that if you are a business you do so it pays businessess to give to a charity. Ordinary people like me just give to help others or that they are having a clear out and the items are too good to just chuck away.
@deebomb (15315)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I have never given it a thought to give and then ask for a tax deduction. I feel that it isn't being given for a tax deduction. I give usable item to the thrift stores to help out those that have a need for something that I can no longer use.
@bryanwmc (1052)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 09
Expecting something in return for giving out something isnt donating ,its selling out,defeats the purpose,give out of the goodness of your heart,dont expect anything in return,thats what charity is about,the only thing you wish to gain from giving is the 'feel good' feeling , knowing you have in a small minute way helped the less fortunate,i dont really care nor do i think about what i stand to gain if i am in the mood of giving,you hel out when you feel you can,it is that simple!
@dlr297 (5416)
• United States
30 Oct 09
When i donate money, or items to the causes that i like. I do not do it for the tax benefit. I do it because im able to help someone else out
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
30 Oct 09
We get a tax benefit when we give our tithes, but when we put money in the collection plate that goes to the poor in the congregation and abroad, there is no tax benefit to that. If we give something away unless it is brand spanking new, we do not expect it to be on our donations as we feel that we have given that other person a few months or a couple of years to enjoy it and it would not be worth declaring it as a gift on a tax form. And also we do have a charity that asks us for old clothes, books,kitchen stuff, etc. and it is not declared on our income tax form. So we do both.
@rodsdman (145)
• United States
30 Oct 09
If I have items around the house to donate it wouldnt make any difference if I get a credit for it. Any charities that run around the holidays will generally get some donation from me. In most years I dont even bother to tell the government about any donations I made, so I guess it really doesnt matter to me.
@peavey (16991)
• United States
30 Oct 09
No. I don't donate for the tax benefit. I donate to help those who need help. I think it's stupid to stop the tax benefit because some people will donate less or none at all because of it, but that's not the reason to give for me and I hope most others.