If an incorporated church does NOT have a formal 501(c)3, are donations to them tax deductible?
Asked by: sventre
If I donate $ 1,000 to a small independent church that has not filed a 1023 for recognition as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit charity… and they give me a receipt – can I claim the donation as being tax deductible?
Also, for the same church, if it is not tax-deductible for me but I donate it anyway – do they have to pay taxes on my donation (or tithes) as income?
Could a VALID source(s) be provided? I have researched IRS publications but they only appear to address churches as being automatically recognized as 501(c)3 in the way they operate. That does not answer the specific question of donations per taxation… I have also been put on hold for hours waiting to speak with an IRS rep.