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fhlkm
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Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

I am a turbotax premier user. I have several donations in 2017. 

I find  my donations are not tax deductible: I donate $1000 dollars in "www.christar.org", however, my tax is not deductible(I didn't see any change in federal refund).And "http://www.chinaoutreach.org" and "www.wheelsforwishes.org" have the same problem.  

 Can you help me double check that? 


FYI:


I added ""http://www.chinaoutreach.org"" donations in itsdeductible, itsdeductible has estimate savings


I checked and I find I am using itemized deductions.

And I added a church donation and the federal refund changed(Please see screenshot_3.png) , it is tax-deductible and so I think it didn't beyond my AGI.

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RBBrittain
Level 8

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

I think you misunderstand how standard vs. itemized deductions work. Your first three charitable contributions didn't change your refund because your TOTAL itemized deductions at that time were LESS than your standard deduction (which everyone who does NOT itemize gets), thus TurboTax gave you the standard deduction as it was more advantageous to you. (You can override it but it's not a good idea unless you MUST itemize, usually if you file separately and your spouse itemizes -- itself not a good idea for most couples.)

Once you entered the fourth contribution your total itemized deductions exceeded the standard deduction, so it AND the fifth contribution reduced your taxes as now itemizing is the better option for you.

All your contributions are "deductible" per se; it's just that itemized deductions in general don't help you until the total exceeds your standard deduction. (It will be even worse next year as Trump's tax bill increases the standard deduction substantially.)

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BMcCalpin
Level 13

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

Is it possible that with the first three contributions, that you were not over the Standard Deduction, but that the fourth contribution ($2,320) pushed you over the Standard Deduction limit, so that it counts against your taxable income? Have you paid for Premier? If so, you should be able to see the forms - are the two contributions that aren't showing as deductible in TurboTax on Schedule A?
fhlkm
New Member

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

I am 100% percent sure ,the fourth contribution is not over the deduction limit, because I  added  fifth one ( another church),federal refund change.  I didn't pay yet, should I pay first, then it will show the right deduction?
SweetieJean
Level 15

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

Is the China Outreach a US recognized charity?
fhlkm
New Member

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized & didn't beyond AGI limit)?

"China ourreach "is tax deductable,FYI "<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.chinaoutreach.org/contact.html"">http://www.chinaoutreach.org/contact.html"</a>.     But so far, none of  my donation to"<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.wheelsforwishes.org/","https://www.christar.org/"">https://www.wheelsforwishes.org/","ht...> and "<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.chinaoutreach.org"are">www.chinaoutreach.org"are</a> dedeuctable in the form(screenshot_1.png).
RBBrittain
Level 8

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized &amp; didn't beyond AGI limit)?

I think you misunderstand how standard vs. itemized deductions work. Your first three charitable contributions didn't change your refund because your TOTAL itemized deductions at that time were LESS than your standard deduction (which everyone who does NOT itemize gets), thus TurboTax gave you the standard deduction as it was more advantageous to you. (You can override it but it's not a good idea unless you MUST itemize, usually if you file separately and your spouse itemizes -- itself not a good idea for most couples.)

Once you entered the fourth contribution your total itemized deductions exceeded the standard deduction, so it AND the fifth contribution reduced your taxes as now itemizing is the better option for you.

All your contributions are "deductible" per se; it's just that itemized deductions in general don't help you until the total exceeds your standard deduction. (It will be even worse next year as Trump's tax bill increases the standard deduction substantially.)

RBBrittain
Level 8

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized &amp; didn't beyond AGI limit)?

You also apparently confused the standard deduction with the AGI-based limits on charitable contributions (usually 50% of AGI) and/or overall itemized deductions (capped for all taxpayers over a certain AGI). The standard deduction has nothing to do with AGI, except it OR your itemized deductions is deducted from AGI (along with personal exemptions, which Trump's bill eliminates) to arrive at taxable income.
fhlkm
New Member

Some Donations are not tax deductible(Itemized &amp; didn't beyond AGI limit)?

Got it  Thank you very much.
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