I have a regular job, but I also earn 20-30k on the side through side projects(1099 work). Given that I am running a business is there any difference in how I can deduct charitable donations versus regular salary workers?

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    Things would be different if you were incorporated. Are you incorporated? – RonJohn Jun 19 '19 at 16:09
  • But even then, personal charitable donations are personal charitable donations. – RonJohn Jun 19 '19 at 16:10
  • Not incorporated, but is there no way to frame the donation in regards to business to improve a tax situation? – user87241 Jun 19 '19 at 17:00
  • If you aren't incorporated, then you're a just a person getting a 1099 where all your income goes -- eventually -- onto your 1099. (I think. That's why this isn't an answer.) – RonJohn Jun 19 '19 at 18:00

If your business is not an LLC or a corporation, you cannot take charitable contributions as a business expense. (And as you don't give 1099's to corporations, I'm guessing you're not one.) Pay yourself from the business funds, then use this income to make charitable contributions. You then claim the deduction for charitable contributions normally.

Note this means that unless your deductions, including the charitable donations, are more than the standard deduction, you don't get any tax benefit. I don't know how rich you are or how much you give to charity. With the recent increase in the standard deduction, you may not be able to claim anything.

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