Friday, May 18, 2012
The Tax Court yesterday again reiterated that a taxpayer cannot deduct a charitable contribution without complying with the § 170(f)(8)(A) substantiation requirements. Durden v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2012-140 (May 17, 2012).
Mr. & Mrs. Durden contributed $22,517 to their church in 2007. Although the church provided them with a timely statement acknoweldging the $22,517 contribution, it did not state whether they had received any goods or services as required by § 170(f)(8)(A) (the “first acknowledgment”). After being notified by the IRS of this deficiency, the Durdens obtained another statement from the church acknowledging the $22,517 contribution and stating that they received no goods or services (the “second acknowedgment”)..
The Tax Court accepted the IRS’s position that both acknowledgments failed § 170(f)(8)(A): (1) the first acknowledgment did not include the required goods or services statement; and (2) the second acknowledgment was not contemporaneous within the meaning of Reg. § 1.170A-13(f)(2) because it was not received by the Durdens before they filed their 2007 return. The Durdens conceded that they did not strictly comply with the statute, and the Tax Court rejected their attempt to prove substantial compliance.