I made a charitable donation in December of last year, and have yet to receive the official tax receipt for tax-return purposes.
Contacting the charity, I was told that the receipts had already been sent; given the time-frame involved, mine has presumably been lost in the mail. Request for a new copy to be sent to me (with proof of payment and current mailing address) has gone unanswered, and while it may arrive before the end of the month I would very much prefer not to delay filing my taxes to the last minute because of one errant receipt.
Is having the actual charitable tax receipt necessary for claiming the credit? In the interest of filing my taxes on time (more accurately, in the interest of just getting my filing done and out of my hair because I'm sick of having the forms sitting here mocking me in their incompleteness) I'm sore tempted to just file right now (claiming the credit) while I continue my quest for the official receipt. Probably won't, mind you, but I totally want to. The problem is, if and when the deadline for filing does arrive and I'm still waiting on my receipt, what am I to do?
I can easily produce records that I made the payment itself, of who I made it to, of the e-mails requesting my receipt, and even a screenshot of the charity's website clearly stating that an official receipt will be issued. However, in the off-chance that I am audited before acquiring the actual receipt, would that be sufficient? Am I just better off abandoning the credit this year and (assuming the receipt arrives) claiming it on next year's return instead?