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Apple Accepting Donations for Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief

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Apple today added a banner to its United States website, iTunes Store, and App Store asking customers to provide donations to individuals affected by the recent devastation from Hurricane Matthew. Like its usual relief efforts, all donations collected will go to the American Red Cross.

Donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200, and will be processed as normal iTunes or App Store purchases through a user's connected Apple ID.


Hurricane Matthew made landfall late last week, hitting the southeast coast of the United States and going on to ravage states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As of yesterday, more than 2 million businesses and homes were without power, and over 3,000 people have been placed in safety shelters.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by #HurricaneMatthew. Support relief efforts by donating to @RedCross at https://t.co/2b9MLALy4L - Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 10, 2016
Following natural disasters, Apple normally puts out a call for disaster relief across its various storefronts. In the past, Apple collected Red Cross relief funds for the August floodings in Louisiana, the 2016 fires in Alberta, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the refugee and migration crisis in the Mediterranean sea, the 2013 Philippines typhoon, and more.

Article Link: Apple Accepting Donations for Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief
 

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Please donate to one of these instead for more meaningful impact:


If you just want to feel good about yourself please donate to the American Red Cross
How about the American heart association, lustengarten foundation? I mean, why crap all over this. Charity begins at home after all.
 
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Except, your donations will not go directly towards the disaster, they go into a fund. And not all the money that comes in goes the that relief effort.

Unfortunately, you are correct. Many of the funds collected for Haiti in the past (Red Cross and "Hope for Haiti") never reached Haitians or built the houses they supposed to (I think maybe 4 houses were built).
 
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Hurricane Matthew made landfall late last week, hitting the southeast coast of the United States and going on to ravage states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. As of yesterday, more than 2 million businesses and homes were without power, and over 3,000 people have been placed in safety shelters.

Not forgetting the nearly 1,000 Haitians who lost their lives...
 
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How do you know that? Take screen shots as proof.

When you donate through iTunes, Apple emails you a iTunes receipt. That is all. Red Cross doesn't get your name or address and because of that they can not give you a receipt.

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How about the American heart association, lustengarten foundation? I mean, why crap all over this. Charity begins at home after all.

My only real point is the American Red Cross association has a track record of failure with Haiti: the 2010 scandal can be found here http://www.npr.org/2015/06/03/411524156/in-search-of-the-red-cross-500-million-in-haiti-relief

Donate to whoever else, but the organizations in my list are the most direct way to help the Haitians. I'm sure the Haitian people have the best idea of how to help Haitian people though. It doesn't matter where charity begins.
 
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You are mistaken.

Here is my receipt for the previous Red Cross flood donation through iTunes. This is my receipt and I get the donation tax deduction and not Apple.

View attachment 664486

That is a receipt from Apple, not the Red Cross. If you claim that donation as a tax deductible, that is fraud. If the IRS checks, you are in trouble.

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That is a receipt from Apple, not the Red Cross. What you did was called fraud. If the IRS checks, you are in trouble.

No what I did is not fraud at all. You really should research this a little before you say things like that.

Below is the relevant statute from this link.

https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc506.html

For any contribution of $250 or more (including contributions of cash or property), you must obtain and keep in your records a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the qualified organization indicating the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed.

The reason Apple put this text on their page is the Red Cross does not have your information, so they will not be able to send you an acknowledgement of the donation as required for donations over $250. For donations under $250, all that is required is some record of the transaction, like my iTunes receipt.
 
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No what I did is not fraud at all. You really should research this a little before you say things like that.

...

So the small text on the donation page that says "This donation may not qualify for any tax deduction or tax benefit", no response to that? Do you know why it says that? Because Apple is already claiming it.


And the text you quoted from the IRS ...
For any contribution of $250 or more (including contributions of cash or property), you must obtain and keep in your records a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the qualified organization indicating the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed.​

That Qualified Organization means the red Cross, not Apple
 
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So the small text on the donation page that says "This donation may not qualify for any tax deduction or tax benefit", no response to that? Do you know why it says that? Because Apple is already claiming it.


And the text you quoted from the IRS ...
For any contribution of $250 or more (including contributions of cash or property), you must obtain and keep in your records a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the qualified organization indicating the amount of the cash and a description of any property contributed.​

That Qualified Organization means the red Cross, not Apple
I did respond and I don't think you read what I posted or the IRS statute. You only need acknowledgement from the charity (Red Cross in this case) if the donation is $250 or more. In my case, the donation is $25 so I do not require that acknowledgement.

Read the statute carefully. This is why Apple is saying you may not qualify for a deduction.
 
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And you could sell your house and give the proceeds to Haiti. Or are you just one of those types who likes to tell everyone else what they should do with their money and wags their finger when you think they have too much of it?

You sir, have just won the internet for the day.
 
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Apple could also help with their multi billion dollar fortune.
Exactly what i was thinking. In fact its a bit of an insult for Apple to be asking for money when Apple has so much of the green stuff to be able to directly give to those affected. I do have the suspicion that its a tool for Apple to dodge tax revenue as some posters have already pointed out.
 
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Exactly what i was thinking. In fact its a bit of an insult for Apple to be asking for money when Apple has so much of the green stuff to be able to directly give to those affected. I do have the suspicion that its a tool for Apple to dodge tax revenue as some posters have already pointed out.
Yeah, that's why they do that; tax evasion.:rolleyes:
 
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