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Hello and thank you for using Just Answer,Unfortunately you would need to amend any prior return that you did not use the deduction. If it has been more than 3 years and the deduction leads to a refund, the IRS nor the state is obligated to issue the refund. This is because of the 3 year statute of limitations.
Before you go back for at least the 3 years and amend your returns, make sure that the charity is an allowed charity.
Qualified organizations include nonprofit groups that are religious, charitable, educational, scientific, or literary in purpose, or that work to prevent cruelty to children or animals
To claim a deduction for contributions of cash or property equaling $250 or more you must have a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written acknowledgment from the qualified organization showing the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or services in exchange for the gift.
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Mr. Robin D, The organization I was under contract with the Air Force Exchange. on a Military Base. They want to pay them the last $350.00 I am holding off to get tax question answered. Do I get some paper work from them to show I paid or just my tax return? Do I ask them if this charity was an allowed charity?
Mr. D, Just one more question. If I took all of my expences as a deduction would this $350.00 be included? Do this $350.00 be list as a charity a part from the other deductions?
Charitable deductions are listed on the Schedule A. So if you do not itemize deductions they are not even allowed for Schedule C filers. You stated that you were paying this amount to a company and thought it was for advertisement. If they were in turn giving it to a charity then you may not even be required to do anything. If the payment was made to the charity by you though then that is a need for amending. If the payment was to a charity and they listed your company name on something then it is still an expense that you could leave as first reported by you.
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Mr. D,This act done by Exchange was legal. Know matter how misleading this act was for several years was okay, right.