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NFT: Clothes Donation - Tax Deduction

robbieballs2003 : 8/5/2017 2:00 pm
I was hoping for any advice for a place to donate clothing and how this works with getting a tax deduction. Normally I would just throw a lot of my old clothes in a bin but between my wife's shoes, clothes, and my old dress clothes we have a ton of bags.

Are any places better than others? Do I just get a receipt of the materials that I dropp off? Thanks.
salvation army, they will give you a receipt of  
gtt350 : 8/5/2017 2:07 pm : link
donated items, you put a value on them and they are deductable
you could just say bag of tops bag of shoes etc  
gtt350 : 8/5/2017 2:09 pm : link
and put value, they give you guidelines
SalvaTion army or societ of st Vincent de Paul  
Tuckrule : 8/5/2017 2:10 pm : link
The rest are bogus. You will get the tax deduction but those bins are for profit companies. So your clothes end up being free merchandise
the salvation army sells the clothes in their stores  
gtt350 : 8/5/2017 2:13 pm : link
robbieballs2003 : 8/5/2017 2:18 pm : link
There is a Salvation Army right near me. Are there different types? Do they all take clothes and sell clothes? I tried calling but they are closed on Saturdays.

This is all I can find about it.
Disaster Services
Food & Nutrition Programs
Seasonal Services
Worship Services - Children's / Teen
Worship Services - Church
Christian Education
Men's Ministries
Music & Arts Programs
Worship Services - Sunday School
Women's Ministries
Worship Services - Young Adult
Worship Services - Youth Ministries
Community Recreation Programs
I use big brothers big sisters  
pjcas18 : 8/5/2017 2:19 pm : link
and I go online and schedule a pickup they come to the house and leave me a blank receipt. I write in the date on the receipt and staple the list to it and file it for tax purposes.

I have a list (really my wife does) of everything we donated on that date and the condition and then come tax time using Turbo Tax they have a place where you input each item you donated the condition and the date and they handle the tax deduction.

It actually adds up to a decent deduction, so besides simply being charitable like we are, I try and make sure to schedule a quarterly pickup with them because the tax deduction is a big incentive.
My experience with Salvation army is that they will give you  
Moondawg : 8/5/2017 2:55 pm : link
a receipt if you ask for one, and they just leave it blank for you to fill out the details.
Its up to you to value the clothes  
BillT : 8/5/2017 3:11 pm : link
The charity will give you a receipt but you set the value. $25 a bag is about right.
For tax purposes  
Red Dog : 8/5/2017 3:21 pm : link
you must have a list that briefly describes each individual item (what it is, color, size, condition), with each one priced at what it is worth in a retail sale, which isn't much. A few dollars per garment is tops, and that's only if they are in good condition or better. Bag pricing is not going to pass an audit.

Some places will have lists of approximate values for you to use. The Salvation Army is probably your best resource for this, and they are certainly worth supporting.
Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/5/2017 3:23 pm : link
AmVets will also give you a receipt. We donate to them all of the time.
You do not need color  
pjcas18 : 8/5/2017 3:29 pm : link
size or retail price - most tax software (like I said above I use Turbo Tax) will calculate the value for you based on the item and condition.

You just need a list of items and their condition. For example:

girls t-shirt (good condition): 10
girls summer dresses (excellent condition (we only use this for unused tags still on)): 4

Girls Winter Coat (fair condition): 3

Boys jeans (good condition): 4 pairs

Men's dress shirt (fair condition): 5

that's it, you do not need color, size, or retail price for an IRS audit.

Also, most of these places like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Salvation Army don't only take clothes they take old toys, DVDs, books, small furniture. etc.

We always used those places as we turned over the kids toys (that survived in quality condition), books, DVDs, etc. and those are all tax deductible if donated.
Inventory and take pictutes of stuff you donate  
Vanzetti : 8/5/2017 4:25 pm : link
Rule of thumb is ten percent of original value

If you have a deduction of $200 for clothes, its nbd. If you try to deduct 5K, then that could kick out an audit depending on your salary

Search Salvation Army valuation chart  
GiantsUA : 8/5/2017 4:44 pm : link
Gives you a dollar range, I usually pick an amount in the middle of the range.
I appreciate all the info. Thank you.  
robbieballs2003 : 8/5/2017 4:50 pm : link
Does this apply only if you itemize?  
twostepgiants : 8/6/2017 10:04 pm : link
I usually take the standard deduction
Almost all of the...  
FatMan in Charlotte : 8/7/2017 9:17 am : link
charitable organizations will give you a receipt. Come tax time, you can use a calculator to determine the tax value of the goods. Most tax programs will have one built in, or you can look online and find them. Here's one from Goodwill. Not completely comprehensive, but there are others out there that are more detailed.
Charitable Calculator - ( New Window )
RE: Does this apply only if you itemize?  
pjcas18 : 8/7/2017 10:34 am : link
In comment 13551123 twostepgiants said:
I usually take the standard deduction

you need to itemize.
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