Americans are very generous, but remember – even if you itemize your tax return, you won’t be able to deduct your donations if you don’t have the right paperwork.
Make sure, for donations big and small, that you get a record of giving, or a receipt. Cancelled checks and credit card statements are good, too.
If you donate clothes or items from around the house, they must be in good condition.
Your donation must go to a qualified charity or house of worship to be deductible.
Learn more about the rules at IRS.gov.