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01/22/2013

Attn Congregational Treasurers/Financial Secretaries: Recent Court Case Makes It Necessary to State "No Goods or Services Received" on Year End Statements to Donors

In a recent United States Tax Court decision regarding a couple who donated more than $250 to their church, the court found that because the church did not state on the couple's year end donation statement that "No goods or services have been received in return for this gift," the couple could not take the deduction on their taxes for that year.

As such, please make sure that your year-end contribution statements to your donors state that "No goods or services have been received in return for this gift," as it is appropriate.

Attached is the court memorandum for your reference.

Memorandum Opinion from Durden Tax Court Hearing


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