What must be included on a donor’s receipt?

Donors are only able to deduct their charitable contributions when contributing to a 501(c)3 organization (such as a church) and if they are able to obtain a receipt.  Therefore, it is advantageous for churches to give receipts to their donors.  A receipt should include the name of the church and the amount and date of the contribution.  The receipt should also include the following statement: “No goods or services other than intangible religious benefits were provided in exchange for the contribution(s)”.  Although the giving for the year may be added together and reported as one total, individual contributions of $250 or more must be itemized separately.  Refer to IRS Publication 1771 for more information.

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