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All Things Tax

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Esteemed Pioneer
Posts: 16
Registered: ‎01-08-2017
Accepted Solution

Check written to charity

Wrote checks dated 2017 to charities.  have not

cleared yet. Are they deductible in 2017?

Trusted Council Member
Posts: 6,191
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Check written to charity

Hi Elder335,




The question here is when were the checks actually written and when were they presented to the charity?  It's a very fine line too because the charity has to actually receive the check/funds by December 31st in order for the donation to be deductible by 2017.


Therefore, if you physically handed them a good check by December 31st then you can deduct it because the charity received the check by the end of the year.  If you postmarked & mailed the check by December 26th or with proof of delivery showing that the charity received it by December 31st then you're good for the deduction because it would have been delivered to the charity and would have been in their possession before the end of the year. 


If you mailed the check after the 26th of December without proof of delivery or if you handed it to the charity after the first of the year then it would be deductible for 2018.



If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.



Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)