I am graphic designer and illustrator and donated my services to a non-profit last year creating 4 posters with original artwork for them and all of the online marketing graphics. Does any of the work I did count for a charitable donation? Also can donations of digital intellectual/artistic property be deducted?
When you give charitable donation, you cannot deduct anything at all for your time, skill, or expertise. You can only deduct the out of pocket expenses you may have had for materials, etc.
The work consisted of original illustrations in which I gave the organization the rights to continue using for merchandise and future publication, as well as graphic design/posters marketing materials for their fundraisers, all of the items have been incorporated in to the branding for the non-profit. There are fair market values for all of the items, and they caused the organization to generate income as well as saved the organization the costs of paying someone to do it.
Had this been prearranged as a gift of property or intellectual property would the fair market value be deductible?