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What Does My Wedding Dress Have to do With My Taxes?

Credits & Deductions Taxes

Ah, the picture-perfect wedding dress. The endless hours you spent finding that gown undoubtedly paid off in spades on your big day, culminating in a collection of photos to cherish for years to come — but where is it now? If yours is simply taking up room in storage or your closet, you might have a valuable deduction on your hands come tax time.

Wedding dress and tax reduction

How can my wedding dress help cut my tax bill?

Sweetheart neckline? Sweeter deductions.

Going strapless? How about tax-less?

Prefer an A-line? More like a bee line (to a bigger refund).

Okay, okay, we’ll stop — but you get the point. Tons of reputable organizations accept clothing donations of all kinds, but a few specialize in helping brides-to-be fulfill their wedding day dreams, and you can help. Whether the dress of your dreams was retired years ago — or you simply don’t see a reason to keep your recently worn one — you stand to gain more than the karma of doing a good deed when you donate. Share the love and get a tax break while you’re at it:

  • Brides Against Breast Cancer: Help save lives when you donate to a cause focused on funding for breast cancer research, awareness, and early detection.
  • Angel Gown® Program: Give the priceless gift of multiple infant gowns to parents who have lost their newborns in the NICU — all garments are provided to grieving families at no cost.
  • Brides Across America: Your tax-deductible donation helps brides of military members and first responders overcome a variety of service-related hardships.

And don’t forget about those tiaras, veils, slips, shoes, and dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls — they can count as deductible donations as well. Some organizations even accept non-perishable items like candles and faux flowers; just keep your receipts for filing.

Get more from your gown and give to a great cause.

Still unsure as to how much you can save on your taxes with charitable donations? TaxAct™ has you covered. From the most common deductions out there to the ones that often slip through the cracks, our software guarantees your maximum possible refund — and we back it with the only $100k Accuracy Guarantee in the industry. So dust off that dress and do some good this year. A grateful bride (and your wallet) will thank you.

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