Minot wrote:Note to HueyLD: OP's question was about reporting, not record keeping.
Since Schedule A asks you to report charitable donations as a single line entry, I don't see any problem with your proposed work-around of TT's system, which I assume is set up that way to help you with record keeping. I am not any kind of expert on IRS requirements, though, so take my opinion for what it may or may not be worth.
I appreciate your pointing out what the OP was asking. However, I've used several tax software packages, including both professional and retail versions. And every software has more than one input lines for charitable contributions even though one only sees a summary entry on Sch. A.
If the OP's total charitable giving is anything but very small, it is generally a good idea to input the individual charity detail into the tax software. Such entries are very helpful for recordkeeping purposes. Frequently we use a hybrid approach. For example, one can input the detail for each large contribution and combine all small contributions into a separate entry.
After all, it's one's own tax returns and (s)he can choose own input style. However, it would be very helpful if important details exist in the tax returns in the event that one is audited three years down the road and (s)he couldn't remember what was done.
Of course one should still keep the required "physical" records.