Can you bunch noncash charitable donations? In other words, since I don’t have enough time to tally my donation of clothes, shoes, and furniture to Goodwill this year, can I bunch this year’s onto next year’s return.
You can only take a deduction for any type of charitable contribution, cash or noncash, in the year you made it. So, you can’t take a deduction in 2018 for noncash contributions made in 2017. The only exception to that rule would be if your charitable contributions in 2017 were limited due to an adjusted gross income limitation. In that case, they would be carried forward to 2018. However, you would still have to originally report them all on your 2017 tax return.
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Answered by: Daria D. Palaschak, CPA, is a tax partner with Sisterson & Co. LLP in Pittsburgh, Pa.