IRS tax form 1040
IRS tax form 1040

If you’re planning on making donations this year, you may be able to deduct them on your tax return. As you’re deciding where to make donations, the IRS Select Check tool may help.

Exempt Organizations Select Check on is a tool that allows users to search for charities. It provides information about an organization’s federal tax status and filings.

Four facts about Select Check:

  1. Confirms whether an organization is tax exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
  2. Identifies whether an organization had its tax-exempt status revoked.
  3. Not all organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible donations are listed. Some churches, organizations in a group ruling, and governmental entities may be eligible to receive tax-deductible donations, even though they’re not listed.
  4. Organizations with a “doing business as” name are not searchable; try the organization’s legal name instead.

Taxpayers can also use the Interactive Tax Assistant, Can I Deduct my Charitable Contributions? to help determine if a charitable contribution is deductible.

Excerpted from IRS Tax Tip 2017-81: Taxpayers can use IRS Select Check tool before Donating on Giving Tuesday via