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Date last modified:
01/26/17

When you donate wearable/useable clothing, furniture, household items, toys, etc. to an IRS-recognized non-profit organizations, you may be entitled to a deduction on your personal tax return. In order to claim this deduction, the items must be in good or better, usable/wearable, functional/operational condition, you need to get a receipt from the receiving organization and keep an itemized list of the items donated. In most cases, you will be able to claim a deduction for the Fair Market Value of your contribution -- generally what someone would be willing to pay at garage sale or thrift store prices. No deduction is allowed for items that are not considered wearable and/or usable by the receiving organization.

Large and/or expensive items with significant value, like buildings, jewelry, collections, antiques or artwork, may need to have a written appraisal attached to the tax return.  As a general rule, if your donation is valued at $5,000 or more, an appraisal is required.  Vehicle, boat and RV donations must be documented by the receiving organization, which is required to send donors a 1098C.  Unless otherwise documented, the maximum value that can be taken for a vehicle donation is $500.00.  Vehicles that are not working may have no donation value.

Use these record sheets to log your noncash donations and organize the information for your taxes. These are broad dollar ranges, with the highest values placed on items in new or nearly new condition. A general rule of thumb for clothing donations is to take 15-25% of the original purchase price. "Everyday" or less expensive items will generally have a lower value than more expensive or "special" items. You may be asked the original cost of the item(s) donated, in order to complete the tax form.

For business owners donating non-cash merchandise, unneeded furniture or equipment to a charitable organization, the rules are different.  If you are donating product that your business sells, the business has already counted the expense when the product was originally purchased from a supplier, so there is no additional deduction to take.  If the business is donating assets that have been depreciated to zero, there is no donation available.  There also is no donation credit for services or time donated by a business owner.

Women's Clothing
 Dresses/2-Piece Outfits  $5-20
 Suits/Pantsuits  $5-25
 Coats/Jackets  $5-40
 Skirts/Slacks/Shorts  $2-15
 Blouses/Sweaters  $2-15
 Bathrobes  $2-10
 Shoes/Handbags  $3-20
 Hats  $3-10
 Formals/Bridal $15-100

Men's Clothing
Suits  $10-60
Jackets/Sportcoats  $5-25
Slacks/Shorts  $2-15
Shirts/Sweaters  $2-15
Overcoats/Raincoats  $5-60
Shoes  $3-20
Belts  $1-5

 

 

 

Children's Clothing
 
Coats/Snowsuits  $5-20
 Dresses/Pants/Shirts/Sweaters
       $2-10
 Shoes/Boots  $2-10
 Infant Clothing  $2-5
 

Sporting Goods
 
Bicycles  $20-100
 Fishing Rod  $5-25
 Ice/Roller/Inline Skates $5-25
 Tennis Racket  $5-25
 Skies  $5-50

 

 

Dry Goods
 
Blankets  $3-8
 Bedspreads  $5-25
 Comforters  $5-30
 Pillows $1-5
 Sheets/Sets  $1-10
 Curtains/Drapes  $2-40
 Throw Rugs  $2-15
 Towels $1-4
 Furniture Covers $10-30

Appliances (in working condition)
 
Television  $20-200
 VCR/DVD Player  $20-70
 Stereo System  $25-150
 Computer  $25-200
 Vacuum Cleaner  $20-60
 Washing Machine/Dryer  $50-150
 Refrigerator  $50-200
 Gas/Electric Stove  $50-150
 Microwave Oven $20-50 

 

 

Furniture
 
Couch/Sofa  $25-200
 Convertible Sofa w/Mattress
      $50-300
 Upholstered Chair  $10-100
 Chair/Stool  $5-20
 Dining Set (table/6 chairs) $50-500
 End/Coffee Tables  $15-65
 China Cabinet  $50-250
 Bookshelf/Trunk (wood)  $15-50
 Table/Floor Lamps  $5-40
 Desk $25-150
 Bedroom Set (complete) $250-1,000
 Chest $40-100
 Dresser w/Mirror $40-200
 Wardrobe $30-90
 Bed (boxspring/mattress) $25-150
 Folding Bed $20-50
 Crib w/Mattress  $25-100
 Playpen  $10-30

Miscellaneous Items
  
Books  $.25-5
  Records/CDs/Tapes  $.25-3
  Kitchen Gadgets  $.25-2
  Pots/Pans  $.50-5
  Dishes/Cups/Glasses  $.25-2
  Serving Pieces/Bowls  $.50-5
  Dish Sets  $5-50
  Silverware per piece  $.10-.25
  Toys/Games in Good Condition 
     $.25-5
  Costume Jewelry  $.25-5