Submitted By: Wilson
Answered: December 10, 2013 8:30 am

I own rental property. Can I deduct a charitable contribution as a rental expense since I don’t itemize deductions?

No. An individual’s charitable contributions can be deducted only as an itemized deduction. Even if the rental property is a trade or business, with income and expenses reported on Schedule C rather than on Schedule E, and you can somehow tie the charitable contribution to the business, the donations are still taken by the owner only on Schedule A.

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Tax Glossary

Ordinary income

Income other than capital gains.

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