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‘DO THIS’ FOR A CAUSE
Join yoga specialist and teacher Lisa
Iacono for a streamed guided yoga class
via Zoom. This hour-long session is
provided to help keep the Sweet Briar
Nature Center up and running and
animals fed during these tough times.
sweetbriarnc.org $10. 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1.
MORNINGS AT NCMA
The Nassau County Museum of Art will
be taking teens and young adults who
have autism on a private guided experience
before opening to the general public.
Led by an art therapist, each session
will be unique with its own theme and
will include viewing artwork within the
galleries. 1 Museum Dr., Rosyn. nassaumuseum.
org Free. 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Feb. 6, 20.
SPRING WALK SEASON KICKOFF
Kick off Super Bowl by joining the
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in virtual
Bingo and football-themed trivia. This
event is the beginning of the Spring Walk
Season and helps take steps for Crohn’s
& Colitis events, while supporting an important
org $20. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
VIRTUAL BINGO NIGHTS
Start your weekend off right by joining
the party Zoom room hosted by
the nonprofit Kids Need More. Have a
fun Friday night while playing bingo
safely in your own home. This event
supports families and children dealing
with Covid-19 and other life-threatening
illnesses. All donations will be
used to support the group and the
virtual programming given at no costs
to families. eventbrite.com/e/fridaynight
105544901642 $10-$20. 7 p.m. Feb. 12.
READY, SET, SPOTLIGHT!
Rain or shine, get ready to enjoy a lovefilled
event at the Spotlight Party 5K and
10K, a traditional run with a Valentine’s
Day feel. Married, single, or undecided,
this run encourages all lovebirds to
mask up and mingle in Eisenhower
Park. Proceeds benefit the Never Stop
Running Foundation. Eisenhower Field
# 2, East Meadow. events.elitefeats.com/
stoplight21 $30-40. 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20.
PET FOOD PANTRY
Join the Animal Rescue Fund Adoption
Center at their ARF’s Pet Food Pantry
to donate pet food. Both wet and dry
unopened bags of dog and especially cat
food are greatly needed, as well as treats.
124 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton.
events/ Free. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20.
--Compiled by Terrell Bush
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Taxpayers who don’t itemize can take a special $300
charitable contribution deduction on 2020 tax returns
e Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security
(CARES) Act includes several temporary
provisions designed to help charities. ese
include higher elective limits for charitable cash
contribution made by certain corporations, higher
deduction limits for individuals and businesses for certain food donations
made to food banks and other eligible charities, and a special $300 deduction.
especial $300 charitable contribution deduction is available to individual
taxpayerswho choose to take the standard deduction rather than itemizing
their deductions. So, if you do not le Schedule A, Itemized Deductions, with
your 2020 Form 1040 series income tax return, you can still take this $300
deduction ($150 deduction if your ling status is married ling separately) if
your charitable cash donations qualify.
Prior to the CARES act change charitable contribution deductions could only
be claimed on Schedule A and did not directly aect the adjusted gross
income you reported on your tax return.
Please note that this article discusses only the special $300 charitable contribution
deduction for individuals. For more information about other Coronavirus
related tax relief provisions, visit IRS.gov/coronavirus.
What is allowed?
Charitable cash donations of up to $300 made to qualifying organizations
before December 31, 2020, are now deductible for individuals who choose to
use the standard deduction rather than itemizing their deductions.
Cash donations include those made by check, credit card or debit card. ey
don’t include donated services, household items, securities or other property.
What donations are considered allowable?
ough cash donations to most charitable organizations qualify, some do not.
Before making a donation, people should check the specialTax Exempt Organization
Search (TEOS) tool on IRS.govto make sure the organization quali-
es and is eligible for tax-deductible donations.
Where do I claim it on my tax return?
e donation amount will be reported on Form 1040 series tax returns.
Review the related form instructions for exactly where to report it on the form.
Forms and instructions can be found on IRS.gov atForms, Instructions &
What records do I need to keep?
By law, special recordkeeping rules apply to any taxpayer claiming a charitable
contribution deduction. Usually, this includes obtaining a receipt or
acknowledgement letter from the charity before ling a tax return and retaining
a cancelled check or credit card receipt.
For details on these recordkeeping rules, see Publication 526, Charitable
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