C Corporations should choose the 'Increased Corporate Limit' on a contribution-by-contribution basis. Donated Food Deductions Businesses that donated to food inventory also might be eligible for increased deduction limits for 2021. The deduction limit has increased to 25% for contributions made during the 2021 calendar year. Businesses that qualify are those eligible for existing enhanced deductions, specifically businesses who made contributions to caring for the sick, needy and infants. The limit is based on taxable income for C Corporations. Other businesses, including sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations, will have a limit based on aggregate new income for the year from all trades or businesses from where the contributions are made. What to Remember There will still be a special method for calculating the enhanced deduction, food quality standards, and other requirements. There are special recordkeeping rules for businesses claiming charitable contribution deductions. Businesses will need a letter from the charity acknowledging the contribution before they can file a return. They should also have a cancelled check or credit card receipt if there is a cash contribution. Property donations have further rules for recordkeeping.
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