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New law will damage Clinton's charitable deductions...

by Edward ODaniel / August 19, 2006 12:35 AM PDT

No more castoff donations for a tax write-off
By Joyce Howard Price
August 19, 2006

Most old clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics and other household items donated to charity must be in ''good used condition or better'' to qualify for a tax deduction under new federal legislation signed by President Bush this week.

This means many old toasters, televisions, stereos, phones or computers given to charity that work erratically or not at all can no longer be claimed for federal tax deductions.

Maj. Todd Hawks, national public affairs secretary for the Salvation Army, the nation's largest charity, said the changes will make charities and donors better stewards of contributions.

''At this time, we spend millions on handling and discarding items that are not useful,'' he said, adding that the money could be better spent helping the needy.

The new rules are included in the federal Pension Protection Act of 2006, which Congress enacted before its current recess and Mr. Bush signed into law Thursday.

''What Congress is saying now is that if you give junk to charity, you shouldn't write it off,'' said an IRS official, who asked not to be identified.
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Should have already been understood without
by Steven Haninger / August 19, 2006 12:56 AM PDT

needing to be written into tax code. I have to think other suspect write offs occur such as businesses that give phony "trade in" discounts and donate those goods to charity rather than dispose of them in the trash.

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Are you suggesting that
by duckman / August 19, 2006 2:30 AM PDT

Bill's old drawers are less than ''good used condition or better'' ?

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How is the IRS to determine that?
by Diana Forum moderator / August 19, 2006 9:07 PM PDT

Once the TV is given to the Salvation Army in January and it's claimed as working in April of the next year, how are you or the IRS going to prove or disprove it was working?


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They will do audits of
by duckman / August 19, 2006 9:10 PM PDT

recent donations and hold the people who accepted the donation responsible. That way, they won't accept or over value the item

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They don't value the item
by Diana Forum moderator / August 19, 2006 9:13 PM PDT
In reply to: They will do audits of

When I give things to the Rescue Mission, I just get a signed sheet of paper. I list the itmes and decide the value of the items.


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(NT) (NT) Does the new law change that ?
by duckman / August 19, 2006 9:47 PM PDT
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Don't know, but ...
by Bill Osler / August 19, 2006 9:12 PM PDT

The IRS will probably find a way to put some sort of burden of proof on folks. They're like that.

Maybe they will start requiring statements from the charity about the usability of gifts valued at more than $xx. They take a similar approach with receipts for large contributions. You have to have the receipt before you claim the deduction if the gift is over something like $250.

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