If I made charitable contributes with a donation value greater than $5,000 in the form clothes and used household items do I need to file Form 8283 with my tax return?

If your charitable contribution of items have a donation value greater than $5,000, you should do both of the following:

  • Get a qualified appraisal of the items. To learn more about qualified appraisals and how to determine the value of donated items visit https://www.irs.gov/publications/p561/ar02.html#d0e1653
  • File Form 8283 for Noncash Charitable Contributions

The donated items must have been in good used condition or better.

If any household good or clothing wasn't in good condition or better, you can still claim a deduction. However, both of these requirements must be met:

  • The donated item’s value is $250 or more.
  • A qualified appraisal of the item is included with your tax return.

To determine if your deduction is more than $5,000, add together the value of all similar items you donated. Include them even if you donated items to more than one charitable organization. The value is the price the items would sell for in a:

  • Thrift store
  • Consignment shop
  • Online auction

You’ll also need to file Form 8282, Section B for each organization. Each organization must complete and sign Section B, Part IV.

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  • Get a qualified appraisal of the items.
  • File Form 8283.

The items you donated must have been in good used condition or better.

If any household good or clothing wasn't in good condition or better, you can still claim a deduction. However, both of these must be true:

  • The item’s value is $250 or more.
  • You include a qualified appraisal of the item with your return.

To figure if your deduction is more than $5,000, add together the value of all similar items you donated. Include them even if you donated items to more than one charitable organization. The value is the price the items would sell for in one of these:

  • Thrift store
  • Consignment shop
  • Online auction

You’ll also need to file Form 8282, Section B for each organization. Each organization must complete and sign Section B, Part IV.

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