If you take the standard deduction, you cannot claim charitable contributions on your federal return.
The standard deduction for the 2018 tax year is $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. However, if your itemized deductions exceed the standard deduction for your filing status, you may take itemized deductions and claim the Charitable Contributions.
To compare your standard deduction to your current itemized deductions, log into your account and follow this path:
- Federal Section
- Compare Deductions