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1040 tax form 2011 12. 1040 tax form 2011   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. 1040 tax form 2011 Free help with your tax return. 1040 tax form 2011   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. 1040 tax form 2011 The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. 1040 tax form 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040 tax form 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. 1040 tax form 2011 In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. 1040 tax form 2011 To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. 1040 tax form 2011   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. 1040 tax form 2011 To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. 1040 tax form 2011 aarp. 1040 tax form 2011 org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. 1040 tax form 2011 For more information on these programs, go to IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. 1040 tax form 2011 Internet. 1040 tax form 2011    IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1040 tax form 2011 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040 tax form 2011 Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. 1040 tax form 2011 Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. 1040 tax form 2011 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040 tax form 2011 Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. 1040 tax form 2011 You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040 tax form 2011 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040 tax form 2011 Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. 1040 tax form 2011 No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. 1040 tax form 2011 The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. 1040 tax form 2011 When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. 1040 tax form 2011 New subject areas are added on a regular basis. 1040 tax form 2011  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. 1040 tax form 2011 You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. 1040 tax form 2011 The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. 1040 tax form 2011 When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. 1040 tax form 2011 Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. 1040 tax form 2011 You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. 1040 tax form 2011 Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. 1040 tax form 2011 Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. 1040 tax form 2011 Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. 1040 tax form 2011 Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. 1040 tax form 2011 Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. 1040 tax form 2011 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040 tax form 2011 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040 tax form 2011 Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov. 1040 tax form 2011 Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov for more information. 1040 tax form 2011 Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. 1040 tax form 2011 Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov. 1040 tax form 2011 Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. 1040 tax form 2011 Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov. 1040 tax form 2011 Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. 1040 tax form 2011 Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. 1040 tax form 2011 Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. 1040 tax form 2011 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040 tax form 2011 Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. 1040 tax form 2011 If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. 1040 tax form 2011 Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. 1040 tax form 2011 Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). 1040 tax form 2011 Go to IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. 1040 tax form 2011 Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. 1040 tax form 2011 Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. 1040 tax form 2011 Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. 1040 tax form 2011 Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov and choose from a variety of options. 1040 tax form 2011 Phone. 1040 tax form 2011    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. 1040 tax form 2011 Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. 1040 tax form 2011 Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov, or download the IRS2Go app. 1040 tax form 2011 Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 1040 tax form 2011 The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. 1040 tax form 2011 Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. 1040 tax form 2011 Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. 1040 tax form 2011 Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. 1040 tax form 2011 Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. 1040 tax form 2011 If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. 1040 tax form 2011 The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. 1040 tax form 2011 Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. 1040 tax form 2011 Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. 1040 tax form 2011 The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. 1040 tax form 2011 Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. 1040 tax form 2011 Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. 1040 tax form 2011 Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. 1040 tax form 2011 You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. 1040 tax form 2011 It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. 1040 tax form 2011 Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). 1040 tax form 2011 You should receive your order within 10 business days. 1040 tax form 2011 Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. 1040 tax form 2011 If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. 1040 tax form 2011 Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. 1040 tax form 2011 The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. 1040 tax form 2011 These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. 1040 tax form 2011 Walk-in. 1040 tax form 2011   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. 1040 tax form 2011 Products. 1040 tax form 2011 You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. 1040 tax form 2011 Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. 1040 tax form 2011 Services. 1040 tax form 2011 You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. 1040 tax form 2011 An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. 1040 tax form 2011 Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. 1040 tax form 2011 Mail. 1040 tax form 2011   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. 1040 tax form 2011 You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. 1040 tax form 2011 Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 1040 tax form 2011 Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. 1040 tax form 2011 The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. 1040 tax form 2011   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. 1040 tax form 2011 We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. 1040 tax form 2011 You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. 1040 tax form 2011 You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. 1040 tax form 2011   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. 1040 tax form 2011 Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. 1040 tax form 2011 We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 1040 tax form 2011   How can you reach us? 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1040 tax form 2011 Publication 526 - Main Content Table of Contents Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Expenses of Whaling Captains Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds Partial Interest in Property Contributions of PropertyContributions Subject to Special Rules Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value Penalty When To DeductChecks. 1040 tax form 2011 Text message. 1040 tax form 2011 Credit card. 1040 tax form 2011 Pay-by-phone account. 1040 tax form 2011 Stock certificate. 1040 tax form 2011 Promissory note. 1040 tax form 2011 Option. 1040 tax form 2011 Borrowed funds. 1040 tax form 2011 Conditional gift. 1040 tax form 2011 Limits on Deductions50% Limit 30% Limit Special 30% Limit for Capital Gain Property 20% Limit Special 50% Limit for Qualified Conservation Contributions How To Figure Your Deduction When Limits Apply Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To ReportReporting expenses for student living with you. 1040 tax form 2011 Total deduction over $500. 1040 tax form 2011 Deduction over $5,000 for one item. 1040 tax form 2011 Vehicle donations. 1040 tax form 2011 Clothing and household items not in good used condition. 1040 tax form 2011 Easement on building in historic district. 1040 tax form 2011 Deduction over $500,000. 1040 tax form 2011 How To Get Tax HelpLow Income Taxpayer Clinics Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Most organizations, other than churches and governments, must apply to the IRS to become a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 How to check whether an organization can receive deductible charitable contributions. 1040 tax form 2011   You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization, and most will be able to tell you. 1040 tax form 2011 Or go to IRS. 1040 tax form 2011 gov. 1040 tax form 2011 Click on “Tools” and then on “Exempt Organizations Select Check” (www. 1040 tax form 2011 irs. 1040 tax form 2011 gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Select-Check). 1040 tax form 2011 This online tool will enable you to search for qualified organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 You can also call the IRS to find out if an organization is qualified. 1040 tax form 2011 Call 1-877-829-5500. 1040 tax form 2011 People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and who have access to TTY/TDD equipment can call 1-800-829-4059. 1040 tax form 2011 Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service at www. 1040 tax form 2011 gsa. 1040 tax form 2011 gov/fedrelay. 1040 tax form 2011 Types of Qualified Organizations Generally, only the following types of organizations can be qualified organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 A community chest, corporation, trust, fund, or foundation organized or created in or under the laws of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia, or any possession of the United States (including Puerto Rico). 1040 tax form 2011 It must, however, be organized and operated only for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. 1040 tax form 2011 Certain organizations that foster national or international amateur sports competition also qualify. 1040 tax form 2011 War veterans' organizations, including posts, auxiliaries, trusts, or foundations, organized in the United States or any of its possessions (including Puerto Rico). 1040 tax form 2011 Domestic fraternal societies, orders, and associations operating under the lodge system. 1040 tax form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. 1040 tax form 2011 ) Certain nonprofit cemetery companies or corporations. 1040 tax form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is not deductible if it can be used for the care of a specific lot or mausoleum crypt. 1040 tax form 2011 ) The United States or any state, the District of Columbia, a U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 possession (including Puerto Rico), a political subdivision of a state or U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 possession, or an Indian tribal government or any of its subdivisions that perform substantial government functions. 1040 tax form 2011 (Your contribution to this type of organization is deductible only if it is to be used solely for public purposes. 1040 tax form 2011 ) Example 1. 1040 tax form 2011 You contribute cash to your city's police department to be used as a reward for information about a crime. 1040 tax form 2011 The city police department is a qualified organization, and your contribution is for a public purpose. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct your contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 2. 1040 tax form 2011 You make a voluntary contribution to the social security trust fund, not earmarked for a specific account. 1040 tax form 2011 Because the trust fund is part of the U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 Government, you contributed to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct your contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Examples. 1040 tax form 2011   The following list gives some examples of qualified organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Churches, a convention or association of churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Most nonprofit charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross and the United Way. 1040 tax form 2011 Most nonprofit educational organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, colleges, and museums. 1040 tax form 2011 This also includes nonprofit daycare centers that provide childcare to the general public if substantially all the childcare is provided to enable parents and guardians to be gainfully employed. 1040 tax form 2011 However, if your contribution is a substitute for tuition or other enrollment fee, it is not deductible as a charitable contribution, as explained later under Contributions You Cannot Deduct . 1040 tax form 2011 Nonprofit hospitals and medical research organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Utility company emergency energy programs, if the utility company is an agent for a charitable organization that assists individuals with emergency energy needs. 1040 tax form 2011 Nonprofit volunteer fire companies. 1040 tax form 2011 Nonprofit organizations that develop and maintain public parks and recreation facilities. 1040 tax form 2011 Civil defense organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Canadian charities. 1040 tax form 2011   You may be able to deduct contributions to certain Canadian charitable organizations covered under an income tax treaty with Canada. 1040 tax form 2011 To deduct your contribution to a Canadian charity, you generally must have income from sources in Canada. 1040 tax form 2011 See Publication 597, Information on the United States-Canada Income Tax Treaty, for information on how to figure your deduction. 1040 tax form 2011 Mexican charities. 1040 tax form 2011   Under the U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 -Mexico income tax treaty, a contribution to a Mexican charitable organization may be deductible, but only if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution to a public charity created or organized under U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 law. 1040 tax form 2011 To deduct your contribution to a Mexican charity, you must have income from sources in Mexico. 1040 tax form 2011 The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply and are figured using your income from Mexican sources. 1040 tax form 2011 Israeli charities. 1040 tax form 2011   Under the U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 -Israel income tax treaty, a contribution to an Israeli charitable organization is deductible if and to the extent the contribution would have been treated as a charitable contribution if the organization had been created or organized under U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 law. 1040 tax form 2011 To deduct your contribution to an Israeli charity, you must have income from sources in Israel. 1040 tax form 2011 The limits described in Limits on Deductions , later, apply. 1040 tax form 2011 The deduction is also limited to 25% of your adjusted gross income from Israeli sources. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct contributions of money or property you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 A contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. 1040 tax form 2011 The contributions must be made to a qualified organization and not set aside for use by a specific person. 1040 tax form 2011 If you give property to a qualified organization, you generally can deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 See Contributions of Property , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Your deduction for charitable contributions generally cannot be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. 1040 tax form 2011 In addition, the total of your charitable contributions deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited. 1040 tax form 2011 See Limits on Deductions , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Table 1 in this publication gives examples of contributions you can and cannot deduct. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive a benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you can deduct only the amount of your contribution that is more than the value of the benefit you receive. 1040 tax form 2011 Also see Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Cannot Deduct, later. 1040 tax form 2011 If you pay more than fair market value to a qualified organization for goods or services, the excess may be a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 For the excess amount to qualify, you must pay it with the intent to make a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 1. 1040 tax form 2011 You pay $65 for a ticket to a dinner-dance at a church. 1040 tax form 2011 Your entire $65 payment goes to the church. 1040 tax form 2011 The ticket to the dinner-dance has a fair market value of $25. 1040 tax form 2011 When you buy your ticket, you know its value is less than your payment. 1040 tax form 2011 To figure the amount of your charitable contribution, subtract the value of the benefit you receive ($25) from your total payment ($65). 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct $40 as a charitable contribution to the church. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 2. 1040 tax form 2011 At a fundraising auction conducted by a charity, you pay $600 for a week's stay at a beach house. 1040 tax form 2011 The amount you pay is no more than the fair rental value. 1040 tax form 2011 You have not made a deductible charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Athletic events. 1040 tax form 2011   If you make a payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university and, as a result, you receive the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, you can deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011   If any part of your payment is for tickets (rather than the right to buy tickets), that part is not deductible. 1040 tax form 2011 Subtract the price of the tickets from your payment. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct 80% of the remaining amount as a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 1. 1040 tax form 2011 You pay $300 a year for membership in a university's athletic scholarship program. 1040 tax form 2011 The only benefit of membership is that you have the right to buy one season ticket for a seat in a designated area of the stadium at the university's home football games. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct $240 (80% of $300) as a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 2. 1040 tax form 2011 The facts are the same as in Example 1 except your $300 payment includes the purchase of one season ticket for the stated ticket price of $120. 1040 tax form 2011 You must subtract the usual price of a ticket ($120) from your $300 payment. 1040 tax form 2011 The result is $180. 1040 tax form 2011 Your deductible charitable contribution is $144 (80% of $180). 1040 tax form 2011 Charity benefit events. 1040 tax form 2011   If you pay a qualified organization more than fair market value for the right to attend a charity ball, banquet, show, sporting event, or other benefit event, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the privileges or other benefits you receive. 1040 tax form 2011   If there is an established charge for the event, that charge is the value of your benefit. 1040 tax form 2011 If there is no established charge, the reasonable value of the right to attend the event is the value of your benefit. 1040 tax form 2011 Whether you use the tickets or other privileges has no effect on the amount you can deduct. 1040 tax form 2011 However, if you return the ticket to the qualified organization for resale, you can deduct the entire amount you paid for the ticket. 1040 tax form 2011    Even if the ticket or other evidence of payment indicates that the payment is a “contribution,” this does not mean you can deduct the entire amount. 1040 tax form 2011 If the ticket shows the price of admission and the amount of the contribution, you can deduct the contribution amount. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You pay $40 to see a special showing of a movie for the benefit of a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Printed on the ticket is “Contribution–$40. 1040 tax form 2011 ” If the regular price for the movie is $8, your contribution is $32 ($40 payment − $8 regular price). 1040 tax form 2011 Membership fees or dues. 1040 tax form 2011   You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive. 1040 tax form 2011   You cannot deduct dues, fees, or assessments paid to country clubs and other social organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 They are not qualified organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Certain membership benefits can be disregarded. 1040 tax form 2011   Both you and the organization can disregard the following membership benefits if you get them in return for an annual payment of $75 or less. 1040 tax form 2011 Any rights or privileges, other than those discussed under Athletic events , earlier, that you can use frequently while you are a member, such as: Free or discounted admission to the organization's facilities or events, Free or discounted parking, Preferred access to goods or services, and Discounts on the purchase of goods and services. 1040 tax form 2011 Admission, while you are a member, to events open only to members of the organization if the organization reasonably projects that the cost per person (excluding any allocated overhead) is not more than $10. 1040 tax form 2011 20. 1040 tax form 2011 Token items. 1040 tax form 2011   You do not have to reduce your contribution by the value of any benefit you receive if both of the following are true. 1040 tax form 2011 You receive only a small item or other benefit of token value. 1040 tax form 2011 The qualified organization correctly determines that the value of the item or benefit you received is not substantial and informs you that you can deduct your payment in full. 1040 tax form 2011 The organization determines whether the value of an item or benefit is substantial by using Revenue Procedures 90-12 and 92-49 and the inflation adjustment in Revenue Procedure 2012–41. 1040 tax form 2011 Written statement. 1040 tax form 2011   A qualified organization must give you a written statement if you make a payment of more than $75 that is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services. 1040 tax form 2011 The statement must say you can deduct only the amount of your payment that is more than the value of the goods or services you received. 1040 tax form 2011 It must also give you a good faith estimate of the value of those goods or services. 1040 tax form 2011   The organization can give you the statement either when it solicits or when it receives the payment from you. 1040 tax form 2011 Exception. 1040 tax form 2011   An organization will not have to give you this statement if one of the following is true. 1040 tax form 2011 The organization is: A governmental organization described in (5) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, or An organization formed only for religious purposes, and the only benefit you receive is an intangible religious benefit (such as admission to a religious ceremony) that generally is not sold in commercial transactions outside the donative context. 1040 tax form 2011 You receive only items whose value is not substantial as described under Token items , earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 You receive only membership benefits that can be disregarded, as described under Membership fees or dues , earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 Expenses Paid for Student Living With You You may be able to deduct some expenses of having a student live with you. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct qualifying expenses for a foreign or American student who: Lives in your home under a written agreement between you and a qualified organization (defined later) as part of a program of the organization to provide educational opportunities for the student, Is not your relative (defined later) or dependent (also defined later), and Is a full-time student in the twelfth or any lower grade at a school in the United States. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct up to $50 a month for each full calendar month the student lives with you. 1040 tax form 2011 Any month when conditions (1) through (3) above are met for 15 or more days counts as a full month. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011   For these purposes, a qualified organization can be any of the organizations described earlier under Types of Qualified Organizations , except those in (4) and (5). 1040 tax form 2011 For example, if you are providing a home for a student as part of a state or local government program, you cannot deduct your expenses as charitable contributions. 1040 tax form 2011 But see Foster parents under Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services, later, if you provide the home as a foster parent. 1040 tax form 2011 Relative. 1040 tax form 2011   The term “relative” means any of the following persons. 1040 tax form 2011 Your child, stepchild, foster child, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild). 1040 tax form 2011 A legally adopted child is considered your child. 1040 tax form 2011 Your brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, or stepsister. 1040 tax form 2011 Your father, mother, grandparent, or other direct ancestor. 1040 tax form 2011 Your stepfather or stepmother. 1040 tax form 2011 A son or daughter of your brother or sister. 1040 tax form 2011 A brother or sister of your father or mother. 1040 tax form 2011 Your son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. 1040 tax form 2011 Dependent. 1040 tax form 2011   For this purpose, the term “dependent” means: A person you can claim as a dependent, or A person you could have claimed as a dependent except that: He or she received gross income of $3,900 or more, He or she filed a joint return, or You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2013 return. 1040 tax form 2011    Foreign students brought to this country under a qualified international education exchange program and placed in American homes for a temporary period generally are not U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 residents and cannot be claimed as dependents. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualifying expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   You may be able to deduct the cost of books, tuition, food, clothing, transportation, medical and dental care, entertainment, and other amounts you actually spend for the well-being of the student. 1040 tax form 2011 Expenses that do not qualify. 1040 tax form 2011   You cannot deduct depreciation on your home, the fair market value of lodging, and similar items not considered amounts actually spent by you. 1040 tax form 2011 Nor can you deduct general household expenses, such as taxes, insurance, and repairs. 1040 tax form 2011 Reimbursed expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   In most cases, you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction if you are compensated or reimbursed for any part of the costs of having a student live with you. 1040 tax form 2011 However, you may be able to claim a charitable contribution deduction for the unreimbursed portion of your expenses if you are reimbursed only for an extraordinary or one-time item, such as a hospital bill or vacation trip, you paid in advance at the request of the student's parents or the sponsoring organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Mutual exchange program. 1040 tax form 2011   You cannot deduct the costs of a foreign student living in your home under a mutual exchange program through which your child will live with a family in a foreign country. 1040 tax form 2011 Reporting expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   For a list of what you must file with your return if you deduct expenses for a student living with you, see Reporting expenses for student living with you under How To Report, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Table 2. 1040 tax form 2011 Volunteers' Questions and Answers If you volunteer for a qualified organization, the following questions and answers may apply to you. 1040 tax form 2011 All of the rules explained in this publication also apply. 1040 tax form 2011 See, in particular, Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services . 1040 tax form 2011 Question Answer I volunteer 6 hours a week in the office of a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 The receptionist is paid $10 an hour for the same work. 1040 tax form 2011 Can I deduct $60 a week for my time? No, you cannot deduct the value of your time or services. 1040 tax form 2011  The office is 30 miles from my home. 1040 tax form 2011 Can I deduct any of my car expenses for these trips? Yes, you can deduct the costs of gas and oil that are directly related to getting to and from the place where you volunteer. 1040 tax form 2011 If you do not want to figure your actual costs, you can deduct 14 cents for each mile. 1040 tax form 2011 I volunteer as a Red Cross nurse's aide at a hospital. 1040 tax form 2011 Can I deduct the cost of the uniforms I must wear? Yes, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if the hospital is a qualified organization, the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and you must wear them when volunteering. 1040 tax form 2011 I pay a babysitter to watch my children while I volunteer for a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Can I deduct these costs? No, you cannot deduct payments for childcare expenses as a charitable contribution, even if you would be unable to volunteer without childcare. 1040 tax form 2011 (If you have childcare expenses so you can work for pay, see Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 ) Although you cannot deduct the value of your services given to a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct some amounts you pay in giving services to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 The amounts must be: Unreimbursed, Directly connected with the services, Expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and Not personal, living, or family expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Table 2 contains questions and answers that apply to some individuals who volunteer their services. 1040 tax form 2011 Underprivileged youths selected by charity. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct reasonable unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses you pay to allow underprivileged youths to attend athletic events, movies, or dinners. 1040 tax form 2011 The youths must be selected by a charitable organization whose goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency. 1040 tax form 2011 Your own similar expenses in accompanying the youths are not deductible. 1040 tax form 2011 Conventions. 1040 tax form 2011   If a qualified organization selects you to attend a convention as its representative, you can deduct your unreimbursed expenses for travel, including reasonable amounts for meals and lodging, while away from home overnight for the convention. 1040 tax form 2011 However, see Travel , later. 1040 tax form 2011   You cannot deduct personal expenses for sightseeing, fishing parties, theater tickets, or nightclubs. 1040 tax form 2011 You also cannot deduct travel, meals and lodging, and other expenses for your spouse or children. 1040 tax form 2011   You cannot deduct your travel expenses in attending a church convention if you go only as a member of your church rather than as a chosen representative. 1040 tax form 2011 You can, however, deduct unreimbursed expenses that are directly connected with giving services for your church during the convention. 1040 tax form 2011 Uniforms. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Foster parents. 1040 tax form 2011   You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution some of the costs of being a foster parent (foster care provider) if you have no profit motive in providing the foster care and are not, in fact, making a profit. 1040 tax form 2011 A qualified organization must select the individuals you take into your home for foster care. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct expenses that meet both of the following requirements. 1040 tax form 2011 They are unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses to feed, clothe, and care for the foster child. 1040 tax form 2011 They are incurred primarily to benefit the qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011   Unreimbursed expenses that you cannot deduct as charitable contributions may be considered support provided by you in determining whether you can claim the foster child as a dependent. 1040 tax form 2011 For details, see Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You cared for a foster child because you wanted to adopt her, not to benefit the agency that placed her in your home. 1040 tax form 2011 Your unreimbursed expenses are not deductible as charitable contributions. 1040 tax form 2011 Church deacon. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed expenses you have while in a permanent diaconate program established by your church. 1040 tax form 2011 These expenses include the cost of vestments, books, and transportation required in order to serve in the program as either a deacon candidate or an ordained deacon. 1040 tax form 2011 Car expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct as a charitable contribution any unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance. 1040 tax form 2011   If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct parking fees and tolls whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate. 1040 tax form 2011   You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Travel. 1040 tax form 2011   Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel. 1040 tax form 2011 This applies whether you pay the expenses directly or indirectly. 1040 tax form 2011 You are paying the expenses indirectly if you make a payment to the charitable organization and the organization pays for your travel expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   The deduction for travel expenses will not be denied simply because you enjoy providing services to the charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Even if you enjoy the trip, you can take a charitable contribution deduction for your travel expenses if you are on duty in a genuine and substantial sense throughout the trip. 1040 tax form 2011 However, if you have only nominal duties, or if for significant parts of the trip you do not have any duties, you cannot deduct your travel expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 1. 1040 tax form 2011 You are a troop leader for a tax-exempt youth group and you take the group on a camping trip. 1040 tax form 2011 You are responsible for overseeing the setup of the camp and for providing adult supervision for other activities during the entire trip. 1040 tax form 2011 You participate in the activities of the group and enjoy your time with them. 1040 tax form 2011 You oversee the breaking of camp and you transport the group home. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct your travel expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 2. 1040 tax form 2011 You sail from one island to another and spend 8 hours a day counting whales and other forms of marine life. 1040 tax form 2011 The project is sponsored by a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 In most circumstances, you cannot deduct your expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 3. 1040 tax form 2011 You work for several hours each morning on an archeological dig sponsored by a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 The rest of the day is free for recreation and sightseeing. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot take a charitable contribution deduction even though you work very hard during those few hours. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 4. 1040 tax form 2011 You spend the entire day attending a charitable organization's regional meeting as a chosen representative. 1040 tax form 2011 In the evening you go to the theater. 1040 tax form 2011 You can claim your travel expenses as charitable contributions, but you cannot claim the cost of your evening at the theater. 1040 tax form 2011 Daily allowance (per diem). 1040 tax form 2011   If you provide services for a charitable organization and receive a daily allowance to cover reasonable travel expenses, including meals and lodging while away from home overnight, you must include in income any part of the allowance that is more than your deductible travel expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 You may be able to deduct any necessary travel expenses that are more than the allowance. 1040 tax form 2011 Deductible travel expenses. 1040 tax form 2011   These include: Air, rail, and bus transportation, Out-of-pocket expenses for your car, Taxi fares or other costs of transportation between the airport or station and your hotel, Lodging costs, and The cost of meals. 1040 tax form 2011 Because these travel expenses are not business-related, they are not subject to the same limits as business related expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 For information on business travel expenses, see Travel in Publication 463, Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Expenses of Whaling Captains You may be able to deduct as a charitable contribution any reasonable and necessary whaling expenses you pay during the year to carry out sanctioned whaling activities. 1040 tax form 2011 The deduction is limited to $10,000 a year. 1040 tax form 2011 To claim the deduction, you must be recognized by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as a whaling captain charged with the responsibility of maintaining and carrying out sanctioned whaling activities. 1040 tax form 2011 Sanctioned whaling activities are subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities conducted under the management plan of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. 1040 tax form 2011 Whaling expenses include expenses for: Acquiring and maintaining whaling boats, weapons, and gear used in sanctioned whaling activities, Supplying food for the crew and other provisions for carrying out these activities, and Storing and distributing the catch from these activities. 1040 tax form 2011 You must keep records showing the time, place, date, amount, and nature of the expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 For details, see Revenue Procedure 2006-50, which is on page 944 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2006-47 at www. 1040 tax form 2011 irs. 1040 tax form 2011 gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb06-47. 1040 tax form 2011 pdf. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions You Cannot Deduct There are some contributions you cannot deduct and others you can deduct only in part. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution: A contribution to a specific individual, A contribution to a nonqualified organization, The part of a contribution from which you receive or expect to receive a benefit, The value of your time or services, Your personal expenses, A qualified charitable distribution from an individual retirement arrangement (IRA), Appraisal fees, Certain contributions to donor-advised funds, or Certain contributions of partial interests in property. 1040 tax form 2011 Detailed discussions of these items follow. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to Individuals You cannot deduct contributions to specific individuals, including the following. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to fraternal societies made for the purpose of paying medical or burial expenses of members. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to individuals who are needy or worthy. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct these contributions even if you make them to a qualified organization for the benefit of a specific person. 1040 tax form 2011 But you can deduct a contribution to a qualified organization that helps needy or worthy individuals if you do not indicate that your contribution is for a specific person. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct contributions to a qualified organization for flood relief, hurricane relief, or other disaster relief. 1040 tax form 2011 However, you cannot deduct contributions earmarked for relief of a particular individual or family. 1040 tax form 2011 Payments to a member of the clergy that can be spent as he or she wishes, such as for personal expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Expenses you paid for another person who provided services to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 Your son does missionary work. 1040 tax form 2011 You pay his expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot claim a deduction for your son's unreimbursed expenses related to his contribution of services. 1040 tax form 2011 Payments to a hospital that are for a specific patient's care or for services for a specific patient. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct these payments even if the hospital is operated by a city, state, or other qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations You cannot deduct contributions to organizations that are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions, including the following. 1040 tax form 2011 Certain state bar associations if: The bar is not a political subdivision of a state, The bar has private, as well as public, purposes, such as promoting the professional interests of members, and Your contribution is unrestricted and can be used for private purposes. 1040 tax form 2011 Chambers of commerce and other business leagues or organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Civic leagues and associations. 1040 tax form 2011 Communist organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 Country clubs and other social clubs. 1040 tax form 2011 Foreign organizations other than certain Canadian, Israeli, or Mexican charitable organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 (See Canadian charities , Mexican charities , and Israeli charities under Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible Contributions, earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 ) Also, you cannot deduct a contribution you made to any qualifying organization if the contribution is earmarked to go to a foreign organization. 1040 tax form 2011 However, certain contributions to a qualified organization for use in a program conducted by a foreign charity may be deductible as long as they are not earmarked to go to the foreign charity. 1040 tax form 2011 For the contribution to be deductible, the qualified organization must approve the program as furthering its own exempt purposes and must keep control over the use of the contributed funds. 1040 tax form 2011 The contribution is also deductible if the foreign charity is only an administrative arm of the qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Homeowners' associations. 1040 tax form 2011 Labor unions. 1040 tax form 2011 But you may be able to deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040 tax form 2011 See Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. 1040 tax form 2011 Political organizations and candidates. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions From Which You Benefit If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit as a result of making a contribution to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. 1040 tax form 2011 See Contributions From Which You Benefit under Contributions You Can Deduct, earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 These contributions include the following. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions for lobbying. 1040 tax form 2011 This includes amounts you earmark for use in, or in connection with, influencing specific legislation. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to a retirement home for room, board, maintenance, or admittance. 1040 tax form 2011 Also, if the amount of your contribution depends on the type or size of apartment you will occupy, it is not a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Costs of raffles, bingo, lottery, etc. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. 1040 tax form 2011 For information on how to report gambling winnings and losses, see Deductions Not Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529. 1040 tax form 2011 Dues to fraternal orders and similar groups. 1040 tax form 2011 However, see Membership fees or dues under Contributions From Which You Benefit, earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 Tuition, or amounts you pay instead of tuition. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay as tuition even if you pay them for children to attend parochial schools or qualifying nonprofit daycare centers. 1040 tax form 2011 You also cannot deduct any fixed amount you must pay in addition to, or instead of, tuition to enroll in a private school, even if it is designated as a “donation. 1040 tax form 2011 ” Contributions connected with split-dollar insurance arrangements. 1040 tax form 2011 You cannot deduct any part of a contribution to a charitable organization if, in connection with the contribution, the organization directly or indirectly pays, has paid, or is expected to pay any premium on any life insurance, annuity, or endowment contract for which you, any member of your family, or any other person chosen by you (other than a qualified charitable organization) is a beneficiary. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You donate money to a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 The charity uses the money to purchase a cash value life insurance policy. 1040 tax form 2011 The beneficiaries under the insurance policy include members of your family. 1040 tax form 2011 Even though the charity may eventually get some benefit out of the insurance policy, you cannot deduct any part of the donation. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualified Charitable Distributions A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution made directly by the trustee of your individual retirement arrangement (IRA), other than a SEP or SIMPLE IRA, to certain qualified organizations. 1040 tax form 2011 You must have been at least age 70½ when the distribution was made. 1040 tax form 2011 Your total QCDs for the year cannot be more than $100,000. 1040 tax form 2011 If all the requirements are met, a QCD is nontaxable, but you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction for a QCD. 1040 tax form 2011 See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information about QCDs. 1040 tax form 2011 Value of Time or Services You cannot deduct the value of your time or services, including: Blood donations to the American Red Cross or to blood banks, and The value of income lost while you work as an unpaid volunteer for a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Personal Expenses You cannot deduct personal, living, or family expenses, such as the following items. 1040 tax form 2011 The cost of meals you eat while you perform services for a qualified organization, unless it is necessary for you to be away from home overnight while performing the services. 1040 tax form 2011 Adoption expenses, including fees paid to an adoption agency and the costs of keeping a child in your home before adoption is final. 1040 tax form 2011 However, you may be able to claim a tax credit for these expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 Also, you may be able to exclude from your gross income amounts paid or reimbursed by your employer for your adoption expenses. 1040 tax form 2011 See Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses, and its instructions, for more information. 1040 tax form 2011 You also may be able to claim an exemption for the child. 1040 tax form 2011 See Exemptions for Dependents in Publication 501 for more information. 1040 tax form 2011 Appraisal Fees You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution any fees you pay to find the fair market value of donated property. 1040 tax form 2011 But you can claim them, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040 tax form 2011 See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions to Donor-Advised Funds You cannot deduct a contribution to a donor-advised fund if: The qualified organization that sponsors the fund is a war veterans' organization, a fraternal society, or a nonprofit cemetery company, or You do not have an acknowledgment from that sponsoring organization that it has exclusive legal control over the assets contributed. 1040 tax form 2011 There are also other circumstances in which you cannot deduct your contribution to a donor-advised fund. 1040 tax form 2011 Generally, a donor-advised fund is a fund or account in which a donor can, because of being a donor, advise the fund how to distribute or invest amounts held in the fund. 1040 tax form 2011 For details, see Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(18). 1040 tax form 2011 Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a contribution of less than your entire interest in property. 1040 tax form 2011 For details, see Partial Interest in Property under Contributions of Property, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions of Property If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. 1040 tax form 2011 See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 For information about the records you must keep and the information you must furnish with your return if you donate property, see Records To Keep and How To Report , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Contributions Subject to Special Rules Special rules apply if you contribute: Clothing or household items, A car, boat, or airplane, Taxidermy property, Property subject to a debt, A partial interest in property, A fractional interest in tangible personal property, A qualified conservation contribution, A future interest in tangible personal property, Inventory from your business, or A patent or other intellectual property. 1040 tax form 2011 These special rules are described next. 1040 tax form 2011 Clothing and Household Items You cannot take a deduction for clothing or household items you donate unless the clothing or household items are in good used condition or better. 1040 tax form 2011 Exception. 1040 tax form 2011   You can take a deduction for a contribution of an item of clothing or a household item that is not in good used condition or better if you deduct more than $500 for it and include a qualified appraisal of it with your return. 1040 tax form 2011 Household items. 1040 tax form 2011   Household items include: Furniture and furnishings, Electronics, Appliances, Linens, and Other similar items. 1040 tax form 2011   Household items do not include: Food, Paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, Jewelry and gems, and Collections. 1040 tax form 2011 Fair market value. 1040 tax form 2011   To determine the fair market value of these items, use the rules under Determining Fair Market Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Cars, Boats, and Airplanes The following rules apply to any donation of a qualified vehicle. 1040 tax form 2011 A qualified vehicle is: A car or any motor vehicle manufactured mainly for use on public streets, roads, and highways, A boat, or An airplane. 1040 tax form 2011 Deduction more than $500. 1040 tax form 2011   If you donate a qualified vehicle with a claimed fair market value of more than $500, you can deduct the smaller of: The gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle by the organization, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 If the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to figure the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Form 1098-C. 1040 tax form 2011   You must attach to your return Copy B of the Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, (or other statement containing the same information as Form 1098-C) you received from the organization. 1040 tax form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show the gross proceeds from the sale of the vehicle. 1040 tax form 2011   If you e-file your return, you must: Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C to Form 8453, U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 Individual Income Tax Transmittal for an IRS e-file Return, and mail the forms to the IRS, or Include Copy B of Form 1098-C as a pdf attachment if your software program allows it. 1040 tax form 2011   If you do not attach Form 1098-C (or other statement), you cannot deduct your contribution. 1040 tax form 2011    You must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle. 1040 tax form 2011 But if exception 1 or 2 (described later) applies, you must get Form 1098-C (or other statement) within 30 days of your donation. 1040 tax form 2011 Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. 1040 tax form 2011   If the filing deadline is approaching and you still do not have a Form 1098-C, you have two choices. 1040 tax form 2011 Request an automatic 6-month extension of time to file your return. 1040 tax form 2011 You can get this extension by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 Individual Income Tax Return. 1040 tax form 2011 For more information, see the instructions for Form 4868. 1040 tax form 2011 File the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. 1040 tax form 2011 After receiving the Form 1098-C, file an amended return, Form 1040X, Amended U. 1040 tax form 2011 S. 1040 tax form 2011 Individual Income Tax Return, claiming the deduction. 1040 tax form 2011 Attach Copy B of Form 1098-C (or other statement) to the amended return. 1040 tax form 2011 Exceptions. 1040 tax form 2011   There are two exceptions to the rules just described for deductions of more than $500. 1040 tax form 2011 Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. 1040 tax form 2011   If the qualified organization makes a significant intervening use of or material improvement to the vehicle before transferring it, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. 1040 tax form 2011    Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. 1040 tax form 2011   If the qualified organization will give the vehicle, or sell it for a price well below fair market value, to a needy individual to further the organization's charitable purpose, you generally can deduct the vehicle's fair market value at the time of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 The Form 1098-C (or other statement) will show whether this exception applies. 1040 tax form 2011   This exception does not apply if the organization sells the vehicle at auction. 1040 tax form 2011 In that case, you cannot deduct the vehicle's fair market value. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 Anita donates a used car to a qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011 She bought it 3 years ago for $9,000. 1040 tax form 2011 A used car guide shows the fair market value for this type of car is $6,000. 1040 tax form 2011 However, Anita gets a Form 1098-C from the organization showing the car was sold for $2,900. 1040 tax form 2011 Neither exception 1 nor exception 2 applies. 1040 tax form 2011 If Anita itemizes her deductions, she can deduct $2,900 for her donation. 1040 tax form 2011 She must attach Form 1098-C and Form 8283 to her return. 1040 tax form 2011 Deduction $500 or less. 1040 tax form 2011   If the qualified organization sells the vehicle for $500 or less and exceptions 1 and 2 do not apply, you can deduct the smaller of: $500, or The vehicle's fair market value on the date of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 But if the vehicle's fair market value was more than your cost or other basis, you may have to reduce the fair market value to get the deductible amount, as described under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011   If the vehicle's fair market value is at least $250 but not more than $500, you must have a written statement from the qualified organization acknowledging your donation. 1040 tax form 2011 The statement must contain the information and meet the tests for an acknowledgment described under Contributions of $250 or More under Records To Keep, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Fair market value. 1040 tax form 2011   To determine a vehicle's fair market value, use the rules described under Determining Fair Market Value , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Donations of inventory. 1040 tax form 2011   The vehicle donation rules just described do not apply to donations of inventory. 1040 tax form 2011 For example, these rules do not apply if you are a car dealer who donates a car you had been holding for sale to customers. 1040 tax form 2011 See Inventory , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Taxidermy Property If you donate taxidermy property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to your basis in the property or its fair market value, whichever is less. 1040 tax form 2011 This applies if you prepared, stuffed, or mounted the property or paid or incurred the cost of preparing, stuffing, or mounting the property. 1040 tax form 2011 Your basis for this purpose includes only the cost of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the property. 1040 tax form 2011 Your basis does not include transportation or travel costs. 1040 tax form 2011 It also does not include the direct or indirect costs for hunting or killing an animal, such as equipment costs. 1040 tax form 2011 In addition, it does not include the value of your time. 1040 tax form 2011 Taxidermy property means any work of art that: Is the reproduction or preservation of an animal, in whole or in part, Is prepared, stuffed, or mounted to recreate one or more characteristics of the animal, and Contains a part of the body of the dead animal. 1040 tax form 2011 Property Subject to a Debt If you contribute property subject to a debt (such as a mortgage), you must reduce the fair market value of the property by: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) that is attributable to any period after the contribution, and If the property is a bond, the lesser of: Any allowable deduction for interest you paid (or will pay) to buy or carry the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, or The interest, including bond discount, receivable on the bond that is attributable to any period before the contribution, and that is not includible in your income due to your accounting method. 1040 tax form 2011 This prevents you from deducting the same amount as both investment interest and a charitable contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 If the recipient (or another person) assumes the debt, you must also reduce the fair market value of the property by the amount of the outstanding debt assumed. 1040 tax form 2011 The amount of the debt is also treated as an amount realized on the sale or exchange of property for purposes of figuring your taxable gain (if any). 1040 tax form 2011 For more information, see Bargain Sales under Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Partial Interest in Property Generally, you cannot deduct a charitable contribution of less than your entire interest in property. 1040 tax form 2011 Right to use property. 1040 tax form 2011   A contribution of the right to use property is a contribution of less than your entire interest in that property and is not deductible. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 1. 1040 tax form 2011 You own a 10-story office building and donate rent-free use of the top floor to a charitable organization. 1040 tax form 2011 Because you still own the building, you have contributed a partial interest in the property and cannot take a deduction for the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Example 2. 1040 tax form 2011 Mandy White owns a vacation home at the beach that she sometimes rents to others. 1040 tax form 2011 For a fund-raising auction at her church, she donated the right to use the vacation home for 1 week. 1040 tax form 2011 At the auction, the church received and accepted a bid from Lauren Green equal to the fair rental value of the home for 1 week. 1040 tax form 2011 Mandy cannot claim a deduction because of the partial interest rule. 1040 tax form 2011 Lauren cannot claim a deduction either, because she received a benefit equal to the amount of her payment. 1040 tax form 2011 See Contributions From Which You Benefit , earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 Exceptions. 1040 tax form 2011   You can deduct a charitable contribution of a partial interest in property only if that interest represents one of the following items. 1040 tax form 2011 A remainder interest in your personal home or farm. 1040 tax form 2011 A remainder interest is one that passes to a beneficiary after the end of an earlier interest in the property. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You keep the right to live in your home during your lifetime and give your church a remainder interest that begins upon your death. 1040 tax form 2011 You can deduct the value of the remainder interest. 1040 tax form 2011 An undivided part of your entire interest. 1040 tax form 2011 This must consist of a part of every substantial interest or right you own in the property and must last as long as your interest in the property lasts. 1040 tax form 2011 But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You contribute voting stock to a qualified organization but keep the right to vote the stock. 1040 tax form 2011 The right to vote is a substantial right in the stock. 1040 tax form 2011 You have not contributed an undivided part of your entire interest and cannot deduct your contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 A partial interest that would be deductible if transferred to certain types of trusts. 1040 tax form 2011 A qualified conservation contribution (defined later). 1040 tax form 2011 For information about how to figure the value of a contribution of a partial interest in property, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust in Publication 561. 1040 tax form 2011 Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct a charitable contribution of a fractional interest in tangible personal property unless all interests in the property are held immediately before the contribution by: You, or You and the qualifying organization receiving the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 If you make an additional contribution later, the fair market value of that contribution will be determined by using the smaller of: The fair market value of the property at the time of the initial contribution, or The fair market value of the property at the time of the additional contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 Tangible personal property is defined later under Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property . 1040 tax form 2011 A fractional interest in property is an undivided portion of your entire interest in the property. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 An undivided one-quarter interest in a painting that entitles an art museum to possession of the painting for 3 months of each year is a fractional interest in the property. 1040 tax form 2011 Recapture of deduction. 1040 tax form 2011   You must recapture your charitable contribution deduction by including it in your income if both of the following statements are true. 1040 tax form 2011 You contributed a fractional interest in tangible personal property after August 17, 2006. 1040 tax form 2011 You do not contribute the rest of your interests in the property to the original recipient or, if it no longer exists, another qualified organization on or before the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. 1040 tax form 2011   Recapture is also required if the qualified organization has not taken substantial physical possession of the property and used it in a way related to the organization's purpose during the period beginning on the date of the initial contribution and ending on the earlier of: The date that is 10 years after the date of the initial contribution, or The date of your death. 1040 tax form 2011 Additional tax. 1040 tax form 2011   If you must recapture your deduction, you must also pay interest and an additional tax equal to 10% of the amount recaptured. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualified Conservation Contribution A qualified conservation contribution is a contribution of a qualified real property interest to a qualified organization to be used only for conservation purposes. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualified organization. 1040 tax form 2011   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charity, or An organization controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. 1040 tax form 2011 The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. 1040 tax form 2011   A publicly supported charity is an organization of the type described in (1) under Types of Qualified Organizations , earlier, that normally receives a substantial part of its support, other than income from its exempt activities, from direct or indirect contributions from the general public or from governmental units. 1040 tax form 2011 Qualified real property interest. 1040 tax form 2011   This is any of the following interests in real property. 1040 tax form 2011 Your entire interest in real estate other than a mineral interest (subsurface oil, gas, or other minerals, and the right of access to these minerals). 1040 tax form 2011 A remainder interest. 1040 tax form 2011 A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. 1040 tax form 2011 Conservation purposes. 1040 tax form 2011   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. 1040 tax form 2011 Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. 1040 tax form 2011 Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. 1040 tax form 2011 Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. 1040 tax form 2011 The open space must be preserved either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. 1040 tax form 2011 Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. 1040 tax form 2011 Building in registered historic district. 1040 tax form 2011   If a building in a registered historic district is a certified historic structure, a contribution of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of the building is deductible only if it meets all of the following conditions. 1040 tax form 2011 The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building (including its front, sides, rear, and height) and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. 1040 tax form 2011 You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, under penalty of perjury, that the organization: Is a qualified organization with a purpose of environmental protection, land conservation, open space preservation, or historic preservation, and Has the resources to manage and enforce the restriction and a commitment to do so. 1040 tax form 2011 You must include with your return: A qualified appraisal, Photographs of the building's entire exterior, and A description of all restrictions on development of the building, such as zoning laws and restrictive covenants. 1040 tax form 2011   If you claimed the rehabilitation credit for the building for any of the 5 years before the year of the contribution, your charitable deduction is reduced. 1040 tax form 2011 For more information, see Form 3468, Investment Credit, and Internal Revenue Code section 170(f)(14). 1040 tax form 2011   If you claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. 1040 tax form 2011 See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. 1040 tax form 2011 You may be able to deduct the filing fee as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040 tax form 2011 See Deductions Subject to the 2% Limit in Publication 529 for more information. 1040 tax form 2011 More information. 1040 tax form 2011   For information about determining the fair market value of qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 561. 1040 tax form 2011 For information about the limits that apply to deductions for this type of contribution, see Limits on Deductions , later. 1040 tax form 2011 For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Regulations section 1. 1040 tax form 2011 170A-14. 1040 tax form 2011 Future Interest in Tangible Personal Property You cannot deduct the value of a charitable contribution of a future interest in tangible personal property until all intervening interests in and rights to the actual possession or enjoyment of the property have either expired or been turned over to someone other than yourself, a related person, or a related organization. 1040 tax form 2011 But see Fractional Interest in Tangible Personal Property , earlier, and Tangible personal property put to unrelated use , later. 1040 tax form 2011 Related persons include your spouse, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and parents. 1040 tax form 2011 Related organizations may include a partnership or corporation in which you have an interest, or an estate or trust with which you have a connection. 1040 tax form 2011 Tangible personal property. 1040 tax form 2011   This is any property, other than land or buildings, that can be seen or touched. 1040 tax form 2011 It includes furniture, books, jewelry, paintings, and cars. 1040 tax form 2011 Future interest. 1040 tax form 2011   This is any interest that is to begin at some future time, regardless of whether it is designated as a future interest under state law. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You own an antique car that you contribute to a museum. 1040 tax form 2011 You give up ownership, but retain the right to keep the car in your garage with your personal collection. 1040 tax form 2011 Because you keep an interest in the property, you cannot deduct the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 If you turn the car over to the museum in a later year, giving up all rights to its use, possession, and enjoyment, you can take a deduction for the contribution in that later year. 1040 tax form 2011 Inventory If you contribute inventory (property you sell in the course of your business), the amount you can deduct is the smaller of its fair market value on the day you contributed it or its basis. 1040 tax form 2011 The basis of contributed inventory is any cost incurred for the inventory in an earlier year that you would otherwise include in your opening inventory for the year of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 You must remove the amount of your charitable contribution deduction from your opening inventory. 1040 tax form 2011 It is not part of the cost of goods sold. 1040 tax form 2011 If the cost of donated inventory is not included in your opening inventory, the inventory's basis is zero and you cannot claim a charitable contribution deduction. 1040 tax form 2011 Treat the inventory's cost as you would ordinarily treat it under your method of accounting. 1040 tax form 2011 For example, include the purchase price of inventory bought and donated in the same year in the cost of goods sold for that year. 1040 tax form 2011 A special rule applies to certain donations of food inventory. 1040 tax form 2011 See Food Inventory, later. 1040 tax form 2011 Patents and Other Intellectual Property If you donate intellectual property to a qualified organization, your deduction is limited to the basis of the property or the fair market value of the property, whichever is smaller. 1040 tax form 2011 Intellectual property means any of the following: Patents. 1040 tax form 2011 Copyrights (other than a copyright described in Internal Revenue Code sections 1221(a)(3) or 1231(b)(1)(C)). 1040 tax form 2011 Trademarks. 1040 tax form 2011 Trade names. 1040 tax form 2011 Trade secrets. 1040 tax form 2011 Know-how. 1040 tax form 2011 Software (other than software described in Internal Revenue Code section 197(e)(3)(A)(i)). 1040 tax form 2011 Other similar property or applications or registrations of such property. 1040 tax form 2011 Additional deduction based on income. 1040 tax form 2011   You may be able to claim additional charitable contribution deductions in the year of the contribution and years following, based on the income, if any, from the donated property. 1040 tax form 2011   The following table shows the percentage of income from the property that you can deduct for each of your tax years ending on or after the date of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 In the table, “tax year 1,” for example, means your first tax year ending on or after the date of the contribution. 1040 tax form 2011 However, you can take the additional deduction only to the extent the total of the amounts figured using this table is more than the amount of the deduction claimed for the original donation of the property. 1040 tax form 2011   After the legal life of the intellectual property ends, or after the 10th anniversary of the donation, whichever is earlier, no additional deduction is allowed. 1040 tax form 2011 The additional deductions cannot be taken for intellectual property donated to certain private foundations. 1040 tax form 2011 Tax year Deductible percentage 1 100% 2 100% 3 90% 4 80% 5 70% 6 60% 7 50% 8 40% 9 30% 10 20% 11 10% 12 10% Reporting requirements. 1040 tax form 2011   You must inform the organization at the time of the donation that you intend to treat the donation as a contribution subject to the provisions just discussed. 1040 tax form 2011   The organization is required to file an information return showing the income from the property, with a copy to you. 1040 tax form 2011 This is done on Form 8899, Notice of Income From Donated Intellectual Property. 1040 tax form 2011 Determining Fair Market Value This section discusses general guidelines for determining the fair market value of various types of donated property. 1040 tax form 2011 Publication 561 contains a more complete discussion. 1040 tax form 2011 Fair market value is the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. 1040 tax form 2011 Used clothing. 1040 tax form 2011   The fair market value of used clothing and other personal items is usually far less than the price you paid for them. 1040 tax form 2011 There are no fixed formulas or methods for finding the value of items of clothing. 1040 tax form 2011   You should claim as the value the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops. 1040 tax form 2011      Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011    Kristin donated a coat to a thrift store operated by her church. 1040 tax form 2011 She paid $300 for the coat 3 years ago. 1040 tax form 2011 Similar coats in the thrift store sell for $50. 1040 tax form 2011 The fair market value of the coat is $50. 1040 tax form 2011 Kristin's donation is limited to $50. 1040 tax form 2011 Household items. 1040 tax form 2011   The fair market value of used household items, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. 1040 tax form 2011 These items may have little or no market value because they are in a worn condition, out of style, or no longer useful. 1040 tax form 2011 For these reasons, formulas (such as using a percentage of the cost to buy a new replacement item) are not acceptable in determining value. 1040 tax form 2011   You should support your valuation with photographs, canceled checks, receipts from your purchase of the items, or other evidence. 1040 tax form 2011 Magazine or newspaper articles and photographs that describe the items and statements by the recipients of the items are also useful. 1040 tax form 2011 Do not include any of this evidence with your tax return. 1040 tax form 2011   If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art in Publication 561. 1040 tax form 2011   Also see Clothing and Household Items , earlier. 1040 tax form 2011 Cars, boats, and airplanes. 1040 tax form 2011   If you contribute a car, boat, or airplane to a charitable organization, you must determine its fair market value. 1040 tax form 2011 Boats. 1040 tax form 2011   Except for small, inexpensive boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor or appraiser because the physical condition is critical to the value. 1040 tax form 2011 Cars. 1040 tax form 2011   Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish used car pricing guides, commonly called “blue books,” containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. 1040 tax form 2011 The guides may be published monthly or seasonally, and for different regions of the country. 1040 tax form 2011 These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. 1040 tax form 2011 The prices are not “official” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. 1040 tax form 2011 But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. 1040 tax form 2011   These publications are sometimes available from public libraries, or from the loan officer at a bank, credit union, or finance company. 1040 tax form 2011 You can also find used car pricing information on the Internet. 1040 tax form 2011   To find the fair market value of a donated car, use the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value. 1040 tax form 2011 However, the fair market value may be less if the car has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. 1040 tax form 2011 The fair market value of a donated car is the same as the price listed in a used car guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a car that is the same make, model, and year, sold in the same area, in the same condition, with the same or similar options or accessories, and with the same or similar warranties as the donated car. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. 1040 tax form 2011 A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. 1040 tax form 2011 However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. 1040 tax form 2011 The fair market value of the car is considered to be $750. 1040 tax form 2011 Large quantities. 1040 tax form 2011   If you contribute a large number of the same item, fair market value is the price at which comparable numbers of the item are being sold. 1040 tax form 2011 Example. 1040 tax form 2011 You purchase 500 bibles for $1,000. 1040 tax form 2011 The person who sells them to you says the retail value of these bibles is $3,000. 1040 tax form 2011 If you contribute the bibles to a qualified organization, you can claim a deduction only for the price at which similar numbers of the same bible are currently being sold. 1040 tax form 2011 Your charitable contribution is $1,000, unless you can show that similar numbers of that bible wer