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Expanded Tax Benefits for Giving to Charity, 2020 Forms 990-T and 4720 Revisions and Other News

December 18, 2020

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Year-end reminder: Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity during 2020 

The IRS today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to charity this year. Here is a rundown of these key changes. 

Update on Mandatory E-Filing in 2021

The Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, 2019, requires tax-exempt organizations to electronically file information returns and related forms. The new law affects tax-exempt organizations in tax years beginning after July 1, 2019. 

  • Tax Year 2020 Forms 990-T & 4720 Are Being Revised and Will be Available for E-filing in 2021

In 2020, the IRS continued to accept paper Form 990-T, Exempt Organization Business Income

Special $300 deduction for cash donations; digital signatures; National Tax Security Week

December 15, 2020

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Special Tax Deduction for Cash Donations to Charities in 2020

In the latest post on A Closer Look, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Commissioner Edward Killen reminds taxpayers there’s a special deduction for cash donations of up to $300 to a qualified charity in 2020. This $300 deduction is designed for taxpayers who take the standard deduction and aren’t normally able to deduct their donations.

Before making a donation, use the Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS) tool on IRS.gov/TEOS to make sure the charitable organization is eligible for tax-deductible donations.

The post also includes several other important reminders for taxpayers and charities, along with information and links to other temporary provisions of the relief provided in the CARES Act.

IRS Accepting Digital Signatures and Emailed Documents

The IRS issued a memorandum (PDF) that extends (through June 30, 2021) IRS employees’ ability to accept:

  • Images of signatures