We are nearing the end of the tax year and it’s time for your last minute charitable donations. If you are planning on taking a charitable deduction via Schedule A and wanting to donate property “non-cash” items, here are the rules:
- The organization receiving your donation must be qualified: religious, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, or prevention of cruelty to kids/animals.
- For all non-cash contributions you need to keep documentation regarding the donation detailing:
- name of organization
- date/location of contribution
- description of property
- Non-Cash donations fall under 4 categories:
- under $250: all the above info and how you arrived at the value
- over $250 and less than $500: all the above with receipt from organization
- over $500 and less than $5000: all the above + receipt from org + records that include how your acquired property, when and the cost
- over $5000: everything included in items 1-3 above + qualified written appraisal of property.
Bottom line, even if you drop off goods at Goodwill you will need a receipt, description and valuation. The IRS has disqualified charitable donations because of lack of taxpayer documentation/records so make sure you can substantiate all your donations.
NOTE: Take a picture when you drop off goods and put that in your files as another record.