How Do I Document Charitable Donations Made by Text Message?

yield sign with IRS on itMaking a donation using a text message is easy and being increasingly used by charities to reach a wider audience quickly.

For tax deduction purposes you still need to document the contribution to deduct it, so check your phone bill to see if the text message indicates the date, the charity’s name and the amount.

If it does, that should suffice to meet the written documentation standard. If it doesn’t show all three items, you’ll need to contact the charity to get the needed paperwork.