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Charitable Donation Guidelines

February 16, 2017 by Ricky Bruni

worker loading truck with special recovery bags
Loading truck with special recovery bags

QuickFix Junk sorts all removed items from each job and donates the usable ones to local charities. The donation receipt is then mailed to the client for their tax records. As we approach April 15th  I thought a quick review of IRS Charitable Contribution requirements for clothing and household items may be in order.

#1 – If you plan to claim your donations avoid drop off boxes where no receipt is provided.

#2 – IRS requires that the donated goods be in “good or better” condition.

#3 – If you are claiming less than $500, keep your donation receipt. No need to send documentation with your tax return (but be prepared to provide donation receipt if asked). If you are claiming value between $500 but less than $5,000, you will need to file form 8283. If you are claiming $5,000 or greater, you will need to file form 8283 and be prepared to provide an independently prepared fair market value appraisal of the item(s). For full details refer to IRS Publications 526 and 561 or ask your tax preparer.

I have noticed many local charities are receiving donated items well beyond their usable life (ie., trash and junk). If they can’t use them or sell them, they incur expense disposing of the stuff you “donated”. Please don’t be that person. These charities do great work and operate on very thin margins. Don’t saddle them with unnecessary costs.

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