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Writing-off Charitable Donations

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ONALASKA, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- When you make charitable contributions, always get a receipt if you plan to deduct it from your income tax bill.

Any donations made on or before December 31 count toward your 2012 tax bill, even if a check isn't cashed until after January 1. And if you make any donations above $250 you need to have proper receipts from the organization.

Also, remember that non-cash items also count.

"If you're giving non-cash items, like clothing, furniture, canned goods, you should again get a receipt from the organization, and then some sort of proof of what you paid for that item," said Tammy Becker of Becker Tax and Bookkeeping.

And if you're driving as part of charity work, you can write off charitable mileage at 14 cents a mile.

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