How can I claim a cash contribution for hurricane relief if I do not have enough deductions to itemize?

I made a cash contribution to Houston Flood Relief Fund but do not have enough deductions to itemize. How can I claim a deduction?


There are some special provisions for donations for hurricane relief, but unfortunately, you still have to itemize your deductions.

This Act has suspended the limitations that normally apply when deducting charitable contributions. A taxpayer who itemizes their deductions can claim a deduction for contributions made to charity. Under typical conditions, the deduction is limited to either 50, 30, or 20 percent of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI) depending on the status of the recipient organization, with a five-year carry forward for any amounts that cannot be deducted in the year of contribution. 

The Act provides preferential treatment for “qualified contributions.” Qualified contributions are defined under the Act as contributions paid:

  1. during the period starting on August 23, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2017;
  2. in cash; and
  3. for relief efforts in the Hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria disaster area.
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