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Tax Donations 2020 – CARES Act

It’s tax season! $300 above the line on your tax return.


For 2020 only, The CARES Act allows a larger tax writeoff for donations to 501(c)(3) charities.   Individuals can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 AGI (up from 60% previously).   Please consider this and donate to the AAUW Scholarship Fund.


AAUW Tahoe Nevada Branch is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed you by law, as no goods or services will be provided in return.

AAUW Tahoe Nevada has donated over $230K, assisting more than 50 young women throughout their college journey since 2006 as well as community education programs.

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[consult your tax advisor for details to your specific situation]

Details About CARES Act

The inclusion of an expanded charitable giving incentive is a critical acknowledgement by Congress that the work of nonprofits like AAUW are essential services. Indeed, now more than ever students need the college assistance. It is the first time Congress has passed this type of giving incentive in response to disaster or national emergency.

Here’s How it Works

New Deduction Available: The bill makes a new deduction available for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This is particularly beneficial to people who take the standard deduction when filing their taxes (in other words for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions). It is calculated by subtracting the amount of the donation from your gross income. It is an “above the line” adjustment to income that will reduce your AGI, and thereby reduce taxable income.

o qualify, you would have to give a donation to a qualified charity. If you have already made your donation since Jan. 1, that contribution counts toward the $300 cap. A donation to a donor-advised fund (DAF) does not qualify for this new deduction.

New Charitable Deduction Limits: Also part of the bill, individuals and corporations that itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their contributions.

Individuals can elect to deduct cash contributions, up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income, on itemized 2020 tax returns. This is up from the previous limit of 60%.

Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%.

The new deduction is only for cash gifts that go to a public charity. If you give cash to, say, your private foundation, the old deduction rules apply. And while the organizations that manage DAF’s are public charities, you do not get the higher deduction for donating cash to your DAF. These new limits do not apply to gifts of appreciated stock.

If your assets are substantial enough that you can give more than your income this year, you won’t lose the deduction for the excess amount. You can use it next year, as has always been the case.

The window for taking advantage of these changes closes on December 31, 2020.

Learn about the new $300 universal nonitemized “above the line” charitable deduction authorized in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.