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2018-Itemized Deductions-Misc Deductions-Charitable Contributions

For contributions made in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026 the 50% limitation is increased to 60%. Any amounts in excess of the new limit can be carried forward and deducted for up to five years (as was allowed under prior law). For any contribution made in a tax year beginning after December 31, 2016, the requirement of a charity to provide contemporaneous written acknowledgement as substantiation for any contribution of $250 or more is repealed. Beginning in 2018, no charitable deduction is allowed for any payment to an institution of higher learning in exchange for which the contributor is given a right to purchase seats at an athletic event. Prior to the enactment of the new law, charitable contributions were deductible with certain ceilings based upon a percentage of AGI. A 50% of AGI limit applied to cash contributions to public charities and certain private foundations.

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