tax deduction in the US question

  1. I have a question regarding a US tax issue - maybe someone can answer it?

    A friend of mine in Boston died this past May of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She left behind her spouse and a 12 yr old daughter. I received an email from her daughter and a friend who were participating in a fund raising effort dedicated to lymphomas and leukemias. I donated 50.00 and received a tax receipt. Being in Canada, this receipt is not of any value to me.

    Is there a legal way for the organization or even my friend's family to benefit from this tax receipt? Or is it a case of I'm the only one who can use it? I'm just curious because if there is a way I could somehow let the organization benefit, I'd love to do that.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    I don't think so. In order to get a deduction they would have to spend money, and they didn't spend the $50, you did.

    You don't have deductions in Canada? Do you even file yearly taxes or this that why you are so heavily taxed?
  4. by   clemmm78
    yes, we do, but US charities are not allowed.
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from clemmm78
    yes, we do, but US charities are not allowed.
    Wow, I learn something new everyday. Is it only US charities or all foreign charities?
  6. by   clemmm78
    Well, as far as I can tell, most countries only allow deductions for their own country's charities. It would defeat the purpose, in my opinion, to allow write offs if we're donating to a cause somewhere else.

    In Canada, a charity must be registered with the government for charitable status to be allowed to give receipts for tax deductions. I'd be surprised if the US is different.
  7. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yes, the US has laws on which charities are allowed. I'm surprised that the leukemia/lymphoma society doesn't have a branch in Canada though.
  8. by   clemmm78
    Quote from JaxiaKiley
    Yes, the US has laws on which charities are allowed. I'm surprised that the leukemia/lymphoma society doesn't have a branch in Canada though.
    We do have a leukemia/lymphoma society.

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