Charitable donations using PayPal

by Denise
(Temecula CA)

If someone donates to a charitable organization using PayPal, as long as the PayPal receipt includes all the required information, does that suffice as a receipt or does the organization still need to send a receipt on letterhead?

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Sep 05, 2019
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are you asking about donations through the PayPal Giving Fund
by: Jeff Voegtlin

If your question is in relation to gifts that are directed to the church through the PayPal Giving Fund, I believe that you should not give the donor a contribution receipt. The PayPal Giving Fund provides a charitable contribution receipt already for each donation given by the donor.

If you are using the PPGF, I'm curious about how you "keep track" of donors' contributions.

May 15, 2015
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Thank you. .
by: Lewis in NC

Thank you D. Fry for stating it better and helping me remember the $250 rule.

May 13, 2015
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paypal contributions
by: D Fry

The IRS has specific rules about receipts to charitable org's, especially if the contribution is equal to or greater than $250. A taxpayer is required to have proper documentation from the org receipting the contribution. Check out the info on this site regarding the proper way to receipt.
So I would, Yes, you need to send a receipt.

May 13, 2015
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PayPal???
by: Lewis in NC

Cash, Checks, PayPal?? If I give regularly thru any method to a church, it would be nice to receive at least one yearly summary from that church the total of my contributions.

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