Are Contributions Deductible?

If your charity does not have 501(c)(3) status, you should inform donors that their contributions are not tax-deductible. Be aware that some potential donors may not be comfortable giving money to an organization that is not officially exempt.

If your 501(c)(3) status is pending, you should also inform donors of its pending status. Once you receive your exempt status, donations received while your application was pending may be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to the date of your organization’s formation. However, if your application is not approved, contributions will not be considered tax-deductible for donors.


Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Owner of Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in Business Entity Formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and Nonprofit Corporations), Completing 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exemption Applications, Grant Research and Writing services, and more.

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