The IRS estimates that nearly 90% of US taxpayers take the standard deduction instead of itemizing. Under the new tax code, not itemizing made it virtually impossible to claim a tax deduction for contributions to charitable organizations. But according to Business Insider, the pandemic relief CARES Act has a provision incentivizing Americans to help others in need. It's an above-the-line charitable tax deduction. Beginning with 2020 tax returns, taxpayers can claim up to $300 in cash contributions made by December 31 to charity as a deduction without itemizing. The IRS says roughly 130 million American taxpayers could benefit by donating, as it reduces their taxable income.
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Any contribution you make can go a long way toward helping charitable organizations, and this year the government has offered an added incentive for Americans to donate.