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Can i deduct the cost of new shoes donated to a county jail for released inmates in need of shoes?

I purchased two cases of new shoes to be given out to released inmates from a county government jail.  Jail staff give out the shoes as needed when the inmate does not have any.  Can I deduct the cost?  I don't see where a county jail fits the qualified organizations description but it is a non profit facility. 

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Opus 17
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Can i deduct the cost of new shoes donated to a county jail for released inmates in need of shoes?

Donations to governments or branches of government are always tax deductible even though they may not be listed as specific exempt organizations.  I assume the jail is run by the government 🙂 so it's a valid deduction.  If the value was more than $75 they should have given you a receipt or some kind of written acknowledgement.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

Can i deduct the cost of new shoes donated to a county jail for released inmates in need of shoes?

Donations to governments or branches of government are always tax deductible even though they may not be listed as specific exempt organizations.  I assume the jail is run by the government 🙂 so it's a valid deduction.  If the value was more than $75 they should have given you a receipt or some kind of written acknowledgement.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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