Charity deductions are easier this year

Recent legislation includes several provisions to help individuals and businesses who give to charity. The Spanaway Community Association (DBA Pierce Prairie Post) is a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization that can be a write off on your 2021 taxes. We appreciate your contributions. If you contribute before the end of 2021, you can deduct it from your next tax return. The Federal Tax ID number for the Spanaway Community Association is: 943247144. Our address is P.O. Box 1071, Spanaway, WA 98387.

The law now permits taxpayers who use the standard deduction to claim a limited deduction on their 2021 federal income tax returns for cash contributions they make to certain qualifying charitable organizations in 2021. Most cash donations made to charity qualify for the deduction. However, there are some exceptions.

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At the end of October, a car prowler took the Spanaway Community Association checkbook and forged a check, overdrafting our account. When the situation was discovered, we reported the incident to the Sheriff and the bank. We opened a new account, but the bank has refused to return the stolen funds. We were required to put another deposit into the new account to maintain it. Thank you to a kind community member, who took care of the minimum deposit that was required. But the Community association has had to change over all their other resources like Fred Meyer, Amazon Smiles and PayPal that provide a trickle of the costs it takes to maintain the Pierce Prairie Post and the State licensing. All our reporting, composition and photography is provided by volunteers. It was an added burden over the holidays to spend hours at the bank and at the computer making changes. On Christmas Eve, we received a letter from Heritage Bank saying they will not replace the stolen funds. I guess the next thing we do is learn how Federal deposit insurance works or doesn’t. Currently, we are waiting to hear back from them why they Grinched our Christmas.

Life has its bright spots and its chaos. 2021 was a hopeful year that has not ended as anyone expected. Delta and Omicron variants of the Coronavirus have crashed the party. Currently, our sub-freezing weather is making life complicated as well. We hope you have electricity, and water, that your pipes stay thawed and if you drive, that you can maintain separation on the road.

To all, we here at the Pierce Prairie Post hope your Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus and or Kwanza were marvelous. We hope 2022 restores our combined faith in life, love and joy. Always remember, community matters. We need each other and we need to feel needed. Have a safe, prosperous, and happy 2022!

The view from the Editor’s window today


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