Affordable Tax Consultants

With over 10,000 tax returns submitted in the last 10 years, Brad Lusk at Affordable Tax Consultants has experience in not only personal returns, but also with small business, rental properties, farms, estates and more. Specializing in personal returns, Brad takes his time to connect with all of his clients to provide a personalized approach along with expert advice. Brad is consistent with staying on top of all the ongoing changes in the tax world, by continuing his education throughout the year.

Designations Brad has earned through the IRS include Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) and Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP).

“Filing your income taxes is one of the most important financial transactions of the year. This is why it is important to us that you receive the attention necessary to get the job done correctly,” Brad says.

If you want to save yourself work and get back money that you deserve, visit Brad today at Affordable Tax Consultants, 6 Billingsley Drive, just of U.S. 50/Green Blvd., in Aurora, Indiana.

You can also learn more at affordabletaxconsultants.com or email Brad directly with your questions: bradlusk@affordabletaxconsultants.com.

 

Five Facts about Charitable Contributions

With the holidays around the corner, many people will be making donations to benefit charitable organizations. However, come tax time, the person who made the donation might also benefit. That’s because taxpayers who donate to a charity may be able to claim a deduction for the donation on their federal tax return.

Here are five facts about charitable donations:

Qualified Charities. A taxpayer must donate to a qualified charity to deduct their contributions. Gifts to individuals, political organizations, or candidates are not deductible. To check the status of a charity, taxpayers can use Exempt Organizations Select Check on IRS.gov.

Itemize Deductions. To deduct charitable contributions, taxpayers must file Form 1040 and itemize their deductions. To do this, taxpayers complete Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. They file this form with their tax return.

Getting Something in Return. Taxpayers may receive something in return for their donation. This includes things such as merchandise, meals, and event tickets. Taxpayers can only deduct the amount of the donation that’s more than the fair market value of the item they received. To figure their deduction, a taxpayer would subtract the value of the item received from the amount of their donation.

Type of Donation. For donations of property instead of cash, a taxpayer can only deduct the fair market value of the donated item. Fair market value is generally the price they would get if they sold the item on the open market. If they donate used clothing and household items, those items generally must be in good condition. Special rules apply to certain types of property donations, such as cars and boats.

Donations of $250 or More. If a taxpayer donates $250 or more in cash or goods, they must have a written receipt from the charity. The statement must show:

  • The amount of the donation.
  • A description of any property given.
  • Whether the taxpayer received any goods or services in exchange for their gift, and, if so, must provide a description and good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services.

Taxpayers can also use the Interactive Tax Assistant, Can I Deduct my Charitable Contributions? This tool helps determine if charitable contribution is deductible.

 

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