what is the maximum dollar amount I can claim on goodwill reciepts?

OI have about 15 reciepts totalling over 5 grand at established thriftg value. Is this in excess of the donatabl\e items?
  • In my many donations to Kidney Fundation, The Furniture Bank, Volunteers of America asnd GoodWill, They make a firm request that items be left on the porch or accessible area in boxes and bags, which you cannot get from grocery or dept stores due to their recycling. or if you take the items to a community station, they issue a very small slip of paper, envelope, or receipt that in no ways indicate how much you have contributed during the year.  I have requested better response from all, but to no avail.  This last year I have taken pretty good items to the trash bins but carrying some heavy clothing and household items away, which is not good for senior citizens, with no credit professional backup we can provide to IRS.  Any suggestions you can make to this effort???..
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From Pub 561:
Deductions of More Than $5,000

Generally, if the claimed deduction for an item or group of similar items of donated property is more than $5,000, you must get a qualified appraisal made by a qualified appraiser, and you must attach Section B of Form 8283 to your tax return. There are exceptions, discussed later. You should keep the appraiser's report with your written records. Records are discussed in Publication 526.

The phrase “similar items” means property of the same generic category or type (whether or not donated to the same donee), such as stamp collections, coin collections, lithographs, paintings, photographs, books, nonpublicly traded stock, nonpublicly traded securities other than nonpublicly traded stock, land, buildings, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronic equipment, household appliances, toys, everyday kitchenware, china, crystal, or silver. For example, if you give books to three schools and you deduct $2,000, $2,500, and $900, respectively, your claimed deduction is more than $5,000 for these books. You must get a qualified appraisal of the books and for each school you must attach a fully completed Form 8283, Section B, to your tax return.

  • So $5000 is the limit without having items appraised?
  • Yes
You are not required to have a receipt where it is impractical to get one (for example, if you leave property at a charity's unattended drop site).  However, you are required to keep records, and can assign your own value. Try using ItsDeductible, or the charts on the Salvation Army or Goodwill websites.
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