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What is the IRS Form 8283?

Updated for Tax Year 2014


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If the combined value of all property you donate is more than $500, you must prepare IRS Form 8283.


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Federal tax law allows you to claim a deduction for the value of all property you donate to a qualified charity during the year provided you are eligible to itemize deductions. Generally, any nonprofit organization that promotes religious, literary, educational, scientific, humanitarian or other charitable causes will qualify. However, if the combined value of all property you donate is more than $500, you must prepare Form 8283 and attach it to your tax return.

Valuing property donations

When you donate property to a charity, the IRS allows you to deduct its fair market value. It’s your responsibility to determine the value of your property donations. There are many ways you can do this, but regardless of the valuation method you choose, your estimated value must always relate to a realistic price that a buyer would pay for the item in the open market.

For example, if you donate used clothing, the IRS suggests you reference the retail price that thrift stores in your area charge for similar items. But if you donate a used vehicle, you must reference a reputable used-car price guide that factors the make, model, year, mileage and overall condition into the price rather than using the price that dealerships in your area charge. Some property donations, such as a rare piece of art, may require you to obtain an appraisal from an art expert.

TurboTax ItsDeductible Online is a free tool that helps you track your donations and determine their IRS-approved value. When you use TurboTax to prepare your taxes, you can import this information directly from ItsDeductible into your tax return.

Obtaining property appraisals

The IRS requires you to obtain a qualified appraisal for any single item or group of related items you donate that have a value of more than $5,000. For example, if you donate five rare first-edition books that each have a value of $1,200, you must obtain an appraisal because the items are similar and in total exceed $5,000.

The appraisal must be done by someone who holds some expertise in the type of property and must be signed and dated no more than 60 days prior to making the donation. The appraisal must also include a description of the property and its condition. The appraiser must also sign Part III of your Form 8283.

Preparing Form 8283

To complete the remainder of the form, you must have the name and address of all organizations you made donations to, descriptions of all property, information on how you initially acquired the property, the amount you paid for each item and their respective values at the time of donation. If you maintain adequate records of your donations during the year, Form 8283 requires minimal time to complete.

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Annual deduction limitations

Preparation of Form 8283 does not guarantee that you can deduct the entire value of your property donations in the current year. For most of the organizations you make donations to, the IRS limits your combined annual deduction to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. In the unlikely event your deduction is limited this year, you can always deduct the excess on one of your next five tax returns.

The above article is intended to provide generalized financial information designed to educate a broad segment of the public; it does not give personalized tax, investment, legal, or other business and professional advice. Before taking any action, you should always seek the assistance of a professional who knows your particular situation for advice on taxes, your investments, the law, or any other business and professional matters that affect you and/or your business.

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