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I'm completing my tax return and made several trips to Goodwill. I donated computers and clothing worth $6,000. The Goodwill receipts are blank. However, I took some pictures of the items. Is that enough documentation?


The BIDaWIZ Team's Answer:

Typically, the IRS requires that if you claimed a deduction that is more than $5,000, you must get an appraisal from a qualified appraiser and attach an appraisal summary (Section B of Form 8283) to your tax return. A qualified appraiser is someone authorized to complete Part III, Declaration of Appraiser, of Section B. Some of the documentation that you need include: 1) the number of items and the condition they're in, 2) the dates you received or bought the items -- if you don't know exact dates, use approximate dates, the original purchase prices, 3) quick snapshot or video of the items you're donating -- this will substantiate your contribution if questions ever arise. Keep the visual record with your tax records and 4) signed and dated receipts from the organization receiving your donations.

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