Can I claim “the maximum” charitable contributions?

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I have no idea where this idea of a “maximum” charitable contribution comes from, but so many people ask about it that it must have come from somewhere. Technically, I suppose there is a maximum, in that you can’t deduct more than 50% of your income in charitable contributions, but I think I’ve only ever had one or two clients who came up against that limit. Other than that, there is no maximum. You can claim a deduction for any contributions for which you have sufficient records. That could be $250, $500, $1,000, $10,000, whatever. If you have no records, then “the maximum” is $0.

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