Charitable Contributions for the Small Business Owner

Tax Deductible Self-Employed and Charitable Donations

Another chapter in our Self-Employed Tax Guide.

Through charitable contributions, your small business can benefit through getting tax breaks and simultaneously gaining favorable publicity. We will study this a bit further.

Products and ServicesThe value of the contributions is most likely at FMV, or Fair Market Value, and ought to be substantial in such. One example of this could be a donation of inventory to a Good Will Store with a worth of in excess of $250. Your company seems to have a variety of surplus sweaters in supply which you’ve purchased in bulk, but which cannot be gotten rid of via sales and time has went by that the wares may no longer possess a market value as regards style trends. These wares could be placed up as a charitable donation to a Good Will Store or utilized by an Outreach service for its clients who are in need of articles of clothing to better their lives. Upon transfer of this charitable donation the outreach service is going to give you a receipt to validate the receipt of the goods. The receipt should be attached to the bill of goods to confirm the purchase, and also the accounting transaction which reduces your inventory and documents the charitable donation.

Contributing services similarly can offer the ability for your small business to better its image in the eyes of the public and enable you to meet the criteria for tax deductions. Partnering in a food drive is one example. Your time contributed is judged a charitable contribution and an organization for instance Red Cross or Salavation Army would be able to furnish you a reciept for the time and resources you’ve shared with the charitable cause. Donating scrap materials left from finished goods product is another relevant example. This might be unused fabric. The fair market value rules apply. To assess the fair market value, consider what an item might fetch in a yard sale.

Cash Contributions

In accordance with Irs policies, a receipt is demanded for any single contribution over $250 in order to gain the write-off. This sort of contribution is not uncommon and is the easiest to maintain. One approach is planned giving. This can be done to regularly reoccur. As a self-employed person, this is a ideal way to plan your annual charitable deduction and maintain your cash reserves, arriving a predictable results. Just remember to talk to your accountant for rules on your Schedule C form. Your business could certainly increase its marketing arm, profit the community, and earn a tax break in one felled swoop. More info can be discovered in PUB 526 and the guidelines for disclosure in Publication 1771.

About Shoreline CPA
Shoreline CPA+John Huddleston has written extensively on tax related subjects of interest to small business owners. Since 2002, he has been the owner of <a href=""Huddleston Tax CPAs. He is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Washington School of Law.

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