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Amend my taxes online Publication 561 - Main Contents Table of Contents What Is Fair Market Value (FMV)?Factors. Amend my taxes online Stock. Amend my taxes online Options. Amend my taxes online Determining Fair Market Value Problems in Determining Fair Market Value Valuation of Various Kinds of PropertyHousehold Goods Used Clothing Jewelry and Gems Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art Collections Cars, Boats, and Aircraft Inventory Patents Stocks and Bonds Real Estate Interest in a Business Annuities, Interests for Life or Terms of Years, Remainders, and Reversions Certain Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust AppraisalsDeductions of More Than $5,000 Deductions of More Than $500,000 Qualified Appraisal Form 8283 Internal Revenue Service Review of Appraisals Penalty How To Get Tax HelpLow income tax clinics (LITCs). Amend my taxes online What Is Fair Market Value (FMV)? To figure how much you may deduct for property that you contribute, you must first determine its fair market value on the date of the contribution. Amend my taxes online Fair market value. Amend my taxes online   Fair market value (FMV) is the price that property would sell for on the open market. Amend my taxes online It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. Amend my taxes online If you put a restriction on the use of property you donate, the FMV must reflect that restriction. Amend my taxes online Example 1. Amend my taxes online If you give used clothing to the Salvation Army, the FMV would be the price that typical buyers actually pay for clothing of this age, condition, style, and use. Amend my taxes online Usually, such items are worth far less than what you paid for them. Amend my taxes online Example 2. Amend my taxes online If you donate land and restrict its use to agricultural purposes, you must value the land at its value for agricultural purposes, even though it would have a higher FMV if it were not restricted. Amend my taxes online Factors. Amend my taxes online   In making and supporting the valuation of property, all factors affecting value are relevant and must be considered. Amend my taxes online These include: The cost or selling price of the item, Sales of comparable properties, Replacement cost, and Opinions of experts. Amend my taxes online   These factors are discussed later. Amend my taxes online Also, see Table 1 for a summary of questions to ask as you consider each factor. Amend my taxes online Date of contribution. Amend my taxes online   Ordinarily, the date of a contribution is the date that the transfer of the property takes place. Amend my taxes online Stock. Amend my taxes online   If you deliver, without any conditions, a properly endorsed stock certificate to a qualified organization or to an agent of the organization, the date of the contribution is the date of delivery. Amend my taxes online If the certificate is mailed and received through the regular mail, it is the date of mailing. Amend my taxes online If you deliver the certificate to a bank or broker acting as your agent or to the issuing corporation or its agent, for transfer into the name of the organization, the date of the contribution is the date the stock is transferred on the books of the corporation. Amend my taxes online Options. Amend my taxes online   If you grant an option to a qualified organization to buy real property, you have not made a charitable contribution until the organization exercises the option. Amend my taxes online The amount of the contribution is the FMV of the property on the date the option is exercised minus the exercise price. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online You grant an option to a local university, which is a qualified organization, to buy real property. Amend my taxes online Under the option, the university could buy the property at any time during a 2-year period for $40,000. Amend my taxes online The FMV of the property on the date the option is granted is $50,000. Amend my taxes online In the following tax year, the university exercises the option. Amend my taxes online The FMV of the property on the date the option is exercised is $55,000. Amend my taxes online Therefore, you have made a charitable contribution of $15,000 ($55,000, the FMV, minus $40,000, the exercise price) in the tax year the option is exercised. Amend my taxes online Determining Fair Market Value Determining the value of donated property would be a simple matter if you could rely only on fixed formulas, rules, or methods. Amend my taxes online Usually it is not that simple. Amend my taxes online Using such formulas, etc. Amend my taxes online , seldom results in an acceptable determination of FMV. Amend my taxes online There is no single formula that always applies when determining the value of property. Amend my taxes online This is not to say that a valuation is only guesswork. Amend my taxes online You must consider all the facts and circumstances connected with the property, such as its desirability, use, and scarcity. Amend my taxes online For example, donated furniture should not be evaluated at some fixed rate such as 15% of the cost of new replacement furniture. Amend my taxes online When the furniture is contributed, it may be out of style or in poor condition, therefore having little or no market value. Amend my taxes online On the other hand, it may be an antique, the value of which could not be determined by using any formula. Amend my taxes online Cost or Selling Price of the Donated Property The cost of the property to you or the actual selling price received by the qualified organization may be the best indication of its FMV. Amend my taxes online However, because conditions in the market change, the cost or selling price of property may have less weight if the property was not bought or sold reasonably close to the date of contribution. Amend my taxes online The cost or selling price is a good indication of the property's value if: The purchase or sale took place close to the valuation date in an open market, The purchase or sale was at “arm's-length,” The buyer and seller knew all relevant facts, The buyer and seller did not have to act, and The market did not change between the date of purchase or sale and the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online Tom Morgan, who is not a dealer in gems, bought an assortment of gems for $5,000 from a promoter. Amend my taxes online The promoter claimed that the price was “wholesale” even though he and other dealers made similar sales at similar prices to other persons who were not dealers. Amend my taxes online The promoter said that if Tom kept the gems for more than 1 year and then gave them to charity, Tom could claim a charitable deduction of $15,000, which, according to the promoter, would be the value of the gems at the time of contribution. Amend my taxes online Tom gave the gems to a qualified charity 13 months after buying them. Amend my taxes online The selling price for these gems had not changed from the date of purchase to the date he donated them to charity. Amend my taxes online The best evidence of FMV depends on actual transactions and not on some artificial estimate. Amend my taxes online The $5,000 charged Tom and others is, therefore, the best evidence of the maximum FMV of the gems. Amend my taxes online Terms of the purchase or sale. Amend my taxes online   The terms of the purchase or sale should be considered in determining FMV if they influenced the price. Amend my taxes online These terms include any restrictions, understandings, or covenants limiting the use or disposition of the property. Amend my taxes online Rate of increase or decrease in value. Amend my taxes online   Unless you can show that there were unusual circumstances, it is assumed that the increase or decrease in the value of your donated property from your cost has been at a reasonable rate. Amend my taxes online For time adjustments, an appraiser may consider published price indexes for information on general price trends, building costs, commodity costs, securities, and works of art sold at auction in arm's-length sales. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online Bill Brown bought a painting for $10,000. Amend my taxes online Thirteen months later he gave it to an art museum, claiming a charitable deduction of $15,000 on his tax return. Amend my taxes online The appraisal of the painting should include information showing that there were unusual circumstances that justify a 50% increase in value for the 13 months Bill held the property. Amend my taxes online Arm's-length offer. Amend my taxes online   An arm's-length offer to buy the property close to the valuation date may help to prove its value if the person making the offer was willing and able to complete the transaction. Amend my taxes online To rely on an offer, you should be able to show proof of the offer and the specific amount to be paid. Amend my taxes online Offers to buy property other than the donated item will help to determine value if the other property is reasonably similar to the donated property. Amend my taxes online Sales of Comparable Properties The sales prices of properties similar to the donated property are often important in determining the FMV. Amend my taxes online The weight to be given to each sale depends on the following. Amend my taxes online The degree of similarity between the property sold and the donated property. Amend my taxes online The time of the sale—whether it was close to the valuation date. Amend my taxes online The circumstances of the sale—whether it was at arm's-length with a knowledgeable buyer and seller, with neither having to act. Amend my taxes online The conditions of the market in which the sale was made—whether unusually inflated or deflated. Amend my taxes online The comparable sales method of valuing real estate is explained later under Valuation of Various Kinds of Property. Amend my taxes online Example 1. Amend my taxes online Mary Black, who is not a book dealer, paid a promoter $10,000 for 500 copies of a single edition of a modern translation of the Bible. Amend my taxes online The promoter had claimed that the price was considerably less than the “retail” price, and gave her a statement that the books had a total retail value of $30,000. Amend my taxes online The promoter advised her that if she kept the Bibles for more than 1 year and then gave them to a qualified organization, she could claim a charitable deduction for the “retail” price of $30,000. Amend my taxes online Thirteen months later she gave all the Bibles to a church that she selected from a list provided by the promoter. Amend my taxes online At the time of her donation, wholesale dealers were selling similar quantities of Bibles to the general public for $10,000. Amend my taxes online The FMV of the Bibles is $10,000, the price at which similar quantities of Bibles were being sold to others at the time of the contribution. Amend my taxes online Example 2. Amend my taxes online The facts are the same as in Example 1, except that the promoter gave Mary Black a second option. Amend my taxes online The promoter said that if Mary wanted a charitable deduction within 1 year of the purchase, she could buy the 500 Bibles at the “retail” price of $30,000, paying only $10,000 in cash and giving a promissory note for the remaining $20,000. Amend my taxes online The principal and interest on the note would not be due for 12 years. Amend my taxes online According to the promoter, Mary could then, within 1 year of the purchase, give the Bibles to a qualified organization and claim the full $30,000 retail price as a charitable contribution. Amend my taxes online She purchased the Bibles under the second option and, 3 months later, gave them to a church, which will use the books for church purposes. Amend my taxes online At the time of the gift, the promoter was selling similar lots of Bibles for either $10,000 or $30,000. Amend my taxes online The difference between the two prices was solely at the discretion of the buyer. Amend my taxes online The promoter was a willing seller for $10,000. Amend my taxes online Therefore, the value of Mary's contribution of the Bibles is $10,000, the amount at which similar lots of Bibles could be purchased from the promoter by members of the general public. Amend my taxes online Replacement Cost The cost of buying, building, or manufacturing property similar to the donated item should be considered in determining FMV. Amend my taxes online However, there must be a reasonable relationship between the replacement cost and the FMV. Amend my taxes online The replacement cost is the amount it would cost to replace the donated item on the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Often there is no relationship between the replacement cost and the FMV. Amend my taxes online If the supply of the donated property is more or less than the demand for it, the replacement cost becomes less important. Amend my taxes online To determine the replacement cost of the donated property, find the “estimated replacement cost new. Amend my taxes online ” Then subtract from this figure an amount for depreciation due to the physical condition and obsolescence of the donated property. Amend my taxes online You should be able to show the relationship between the depreciated replacement cost and the FMV, as well as how you arrived at the “estimated replacement cost new. Amend my taxes online ” Opinions of Experts Generally, the weight given to an expert's opinion on matters such as the authenticity of a coin or a work of art, or the most profitable and best use of a piece of real estate, depends on the knowledge and competence of the expert and the thoroughness with which the opinion is supported by experience and facts. Amend my taxes online For an expert's opinion to deserve much weight, the facts must support the opinion. Amend my taxes online For additional information, see Appraisals, later. Amend my taxes online Table 1. Amend my taxes online Factors That Affect FMV IF the factor you are considering is. Amend my taxes online . Amend my taxes online . Amend my taxes online THEN you should ask these questions. Amend my taxes online . Amend my taxes online . Amend my taxes online     cost or selling price Was the purchase or sale of the property reasonably close to the date of contribution? Was any increase or decrease in value, as compared to your cost, at a reasonable rate? Do the terms of purchase or sale limit what can be done with the property? Was there an arm's-length offer to buy the property close to the valuation date?     sales of comparable properties How similar is the property sold to the property donated? How close is the date of sale to the valuation date? Was the sale at arm's-length? What was the condition of the market at the time of sale?     replacement cost What would it cost to replace the donated property? Is there a reasonable relationship between replacement cost and FMV? Is the supply of the donated property more or less than the demand for it?     opinions of experts Is the expert knowledgeable and competent? Is the opinion thorough and supported by facts and experience? Problems in Determining Fair Market Value There are a number of problems in determining the FMV of donated property. Amend my taxes online Unusual Market Conditions The sale price of the property itself in an arm's-length transaction in an open market is often the best evidence of its value. Amend my taxes online When you rely on sales of comparable property, the sales must have been made in an open market. Amend my taxes online If those sales were made in a market that was artificially supported or stimulated so as not to be truly representative, the prices at which the sales were made will not indicate the FMV. Amend my taxes online For example, liquidation sale prices usually do not indicate the FMV. Amend my taxes online Also, sales of stock under unusual circumstances, such as sales of small lots, forced sales, and sales in a restricted market, may not represent the FMV. Amend my taxes online Selection of Comparable Sales Using sales of comparable property is an important method for determining the FMV of donated property. Amend my taxes online However, the amount of weight given to a sale depends on the degree of similarity between the comparable and the donated properties. Amend my taxes online The degree of similarity must be close enough so that this selling price would have been given consideration by reasonably well-informed buyers or sellers of the property. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online You give a rare, old book to your former college. Amend my taxes online The book is a third edition and is in poor condition because of a missing back cover. Amend my taxes online You discover that there was a sale for $300, near the valuation date, of a first edition of the book that was in good condition. Amend my taxes online Although the contents are the same, the books are not at all similar because of the different editions and their physical condition. Amend my taxes online Little consideration would be given to the selling price of the $300 property by knowledgeable buyers or sellers. Amend my taxes online Future Events You may not consider unexpected events happening after your donation of property in making the valuation. Amend my taxes online You may consider only the facts known at the time of the gift, and those that could be reasonably expected at the time of the gift. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online You give farmland to a qualified charity. Amend my taxes online The transfer provides that your mother will have the right to all income and full use of the property for her life. Amend my taxes online Even though your mother dies 1 week after the transfer, the value of the property on the date it is given is its present value, subject to the life interest as estimated from actuarial tables. Amend my taxes online You may not take a higher deduction because the charity received full use and possession of the land only 1 week after the transfer. Amend my taxes online Using Past Events to Predict the Future A common error is to rely too much on past events that do not fairly reflect the probable future earnings and FMV. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online You give all your rights in a successful patent to your favorite charity. Amend my taxes online Your records show that before the valuation date there were three stages in the patent's history of earnings. Amend my taxes online First, there was rapid growth in earnings when the invention was introduced. Amend my taxes online Then, there was a period of high earnings when the invention was being exploited. Amend my taxes online Finally, there was a decline in earnings when competing inventions were introduced. Amend my taxes online The entire history of earnings may be relevant in estimating the future earnings. Amend my taxes online However, the appraiser must not rely too much on the stage of rapid growth in earnings, or of high earnings. Amend my taxes online The market conditions at those times do not represent the condition of the market at the valuation date. Amend my taxes online What is most significant is the trend of decline in earnings up to the valuation date. Amend my taxes online For more information about donations of patents, see Patents, later. Amend my taxes online Valuation of Various Kinds of Property This section contains information on determining the FMV of ordinary kinds of donated property. Amend my taxes online For information on appraisals, see Appraisals, later. Amend my taxes online Household Goods The FMV of used household goods, such as furniture, appliances, and linens, is usually much lower than the price paid when new. Amend my taxes online Such used property may have little or no market value because of its worn condition. Amend my taxes online It may be out of style or no longer useful. Amend my taxes online You cannot take a deduction for household goods donated after August 17, 2006, unless they are in good used condition or better. Amend my taxes online A household good that is not in good used condition or better for which you take a deduction of more than $500 requires a qualified appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items, later. Amend my taxes online If the property is valuable because it is old or unique, see the discussion under Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art. Amend my taxes online Used Clothing Used clothing and other personal items are usually worth far less than the price you paid for them. Amend my taxes online Valuation of items of clothing does not lend itself to fixed formulas or methods. Amend my taxes online The price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores, such as consignment or thrift shops, is an indication of the value. Amend my taxes online You cannot take a deduction for clothing donated after August 17, 2006, unless it is in good used condition or better. Amend my taxes online An item of clothing that is not in good used condition or better for which you take a deduction of more than $500 requires a qualified appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items, later. Amend my taxes online For valuable furs or very expensive gowns, a Form 8283 may have to be sent with your tax return. Amend my taxes online Jewelry and Gems Jewelry and gems are of such a specialized nature that it is almost always necessary to get an appraisal by a specialized jewelry appraiser. Amend my taxes online The appraisal should describe, among other things, the style of the jewelry, the cut and setting of the gem, and whether it is now in fashion. Amend my taxes online If not in fashion, the possibility of having the property redesigned, recut, or reset should be reported in the appraisal. Amend my taxes online The stone's coloring, weight, cut, brilliance, and flaws should be reported and analyzed. Amend my taxes online Sentimental personal value has no effect on FMV. Amend my taxes online But if the jewelry was owned by a famous person, its value might increase. Amend my taxes online Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art Your deduction for contributions of paintings, antiques, and other objects of art, should be supported by a written appraisal from a qualified and reputable source, unless the deduction is $5,000 or less. Amend my taxes online Examples of information that should be included in appraisals of art objects—paintings in particular—are found later under Qualified Appraisal. Amend my taxes online Art valued at $20,000 or more. Amend my taxes online   If you claim a deduction of $20,000 or more for donations of art, you must attach a complete copy of the signed appraisal to your return. Amend my taxes online For individual objects valued at $20,000 or more, a photograph of a size and quality fully showing the object, preferably an 8 x 10 inch color photograph or a color transparency no smaller than 4 x 5 inches, must be provided upon request. Amend my taxes online Art valued at $50,000 or more. Amend my taxes online   If you donate an item of art that has been appraised at $50,000 or more, you can request a Statement of Value for that item from the IRS. Amend my taxes online You must request the statement before filing the tax return that reports the donation. Amend my taxes online Your request must include the following. Amend my taxes online A copy of a qualified appraisal of the item. Amend my taxes online See Qualified Appraisal, later. Amend my taxes online A $2,500 check or money order payable to the Internal Revenue Service for the user fee that applies to your request regarding one, two, or three items of art. Amend my taxes online Add $250 for each item in excess of three. Amend my taxes online A completed Form 8283, Section B. Amend my taxes online The location of the IRS territory that has examination responsibility for your return. Amend my taxes online If your request lacks essential information, you will be notified and given 30 days to provide the missing information. Amend my taxes online   Send your request to: Internal Revenue Service Attention: Art Appraisal (C:AP:ART) P. Amend my taxes online O. Amend my taxes online Box 27720 McPherson Station Washington, DC 20038 Refunds. Amend my taxes online   You can withdraw your request for a Statement of Value at any time before it is issued. Amend my taxes online However, the IRS will not refund the user fee if you do. Amend my taxes online   If the IRS declines to issue a Statement of Value in the interest of efficient tax administration, the IRS will refund the user fee. Amend my taxes online Authenticity. Amend my taxes online   The authenticity of the donated art must be determined by the appraiser. Amend my taxes online Physical condition. Amend my taxes online   Important items in the valuation of antiques and art are physical condition and extent of restoration. Amend my taxes online These have a significant effect on the value and must be fully reported in an appraisal. Amend my taxes online An antique in damaged condition, or lacking the “original brasses,” may be worth much less than a similar piece in excellent condition. Amend my taxes online Art appraisers. Amend my taxes online   More weight will usually be given to an appraisal prepared by an individual specializing in the kind and price range of the art being appraised. Amend my taxes online Certain art dealers or appraisers specialize, for example, in old masters, modern art, bronze sculpture, etc. Amend my taxes online Their opinions on the authenticity and desirability of such art would usually be given more weight than the opinions of more generalized art dealers or appraisers. Amend my taxes online They can report more recent comparable sales to support their opinion. Amend my taxes online   To identify and locate experts on unique, specialized items or collections, you may wish to use the current Official Museum Directory of the American Association of Museums. Amend my taxes online It lists museums both by state and by category. Amend my taxes online   To help you locate a qualified appraiser for your donation, you may wish to ask an art historian at a nearby college or the director or curator of a local museum. Amend my taxes online The Yellow Pages often list specialized art and antique dealers, auctioneers, and art appraisers. Amend my taxes online You may be able to find a qualified appraiser on the Internet. Amend my taxes online You may also contact associations of dealers for guidance. Amend my taxes online Collections Since many kinds of hobby collections may be the subject of a charitable donation, it is not possible to discuss all of the possible collectibles in this publication. Amend my taxes online Most common are rare books, autographs, sports memorabilia, dolls, manuscripts, stamps, coins, guns, phonograph records, and natural history items. Amend my taxes online Many of the elements of valuation that apply to paintings and other objects of art, discussed earlier, also apply to miscellaneous collections. Amend my taxes online Reference material. Amend my taxes online   Publications available to help you determine the value of many kinds of collections include catalogs, dealers' price lists, and specialized hobby periodicals. Amend my taxes online When using one of these price guides, you must use the current edition at the date of contribution. Amend my taxes online However, these sources are not always reliable indicators of FMV and should be supported by other evidence. Amend my taxes online   For example, a dealer may sell an item for much less than is shown on a price list, particularly after the item has remained unsold for a long time. Amend my taxes online The price an item sold for in an auction may have been the result of a rigged sale or a mere bidding duel. Amend my taxes online The appraiser must analyze the reference material, and recognize and make adjustments for misleading entries. Amend my taxes online If you are donating a valuable collection, you should get an appraisal. Amend my taxes online If your donation appears to be of little value, you may be able to make a satisfactory valuation using reference materials available at a state, city, college, or museum library. Amend my taxes online Stamp collections. Amend my taxes online   Most libraries have catalogs or other books that report the publisher's estimate of values. Amend my taxes online Generally, two price levels are shown for each stamp: the price postmarked and the price not postmarked. Amend my taxes online Stamp dealers generally know the value of their merchandise and are able to prepare satisfactory appraisals of valuable collections. Amend my taxes online Coin collections. Amend my taxes online   Many catalogs and other reference materials show the writer's or publisher's opinion of the value of coins on or near the date of the publication. Amend my taxes online Like many other collectors' items, the value of a coin depends on the demand for it, its age, and its rarity. Amend my taxes online Another important factor is the coin's condition. Amend my taxes online For example, there is a great difference in the value of a coin that is in mint condition and a similar coin that is only in good condition. Amend my taxes online   Catalogs usually establish a category for coins, based on their physical condition—mint or uncirculated, extremely fine, very fine, fine, very good, good, fair, or poor—with a different valuation for each category. Amend my taxes online Books. Amend my taxes online   The value of books is usually determined by selecting comparable sales and adjusting the prices according to the differences between the comparable sales and the item being evaluated. Amend my taxes online This is difficult to do and, except for a collection of little value, should be done by a specialized appraiser. Amend my taxes online Within the general category of literary property, there are dealers who specialize in certain areas, such as Americana, foreign imports, Bibles, and scientific books. Amend my taxes online Modest value of collection. Amend my taxes online   If the collection you are donating is of modest value, not requiring a written appraisal, the following information may help you in determining the FMV. Amend my taxes online   A book that is very old, or very rare, is not necessarily valuable. Amend my taxes online There are many books that are very old or rare, but that have little or no market value. Amend my taxes online Condition of book. Amend my taxes online   The condition of a book may have a great influence on its value. Amend my taxes online Collectors are interested in items that are in fine, or at least good, condition. Amend my taxes online When a book has a missing page, a loose binding, tears, stains, or is otherwise in poor condition, its value is greatly lowered. Amend my taxes online Other factors. Amend my taxes online   Some other factors in the valuation of a book are the kind of binding (leather, cloth, paper), page edges, and illustrations (drawings and photographs). Amend my taxes online Collectors usually want first editions of books. Amend my taxes online However, because of changes or additions, other editions are sometimes worth as much as, or more than, the first edition. Amend my taxes online Manuscripts, autographs, diaries, and similar items. Amend my taxes online   When these items are handwritten, or at least signed by famous people, they are often in demand and are valuable. Amend my taxes online The writings of unknowns also may be of value if they are of unusual historical or literary importance. Amend my taxes online Determining the value of such material is difficult. Amend my taxes online For example, there may be a great difference in value between two diaries that were kept by a famous person—one kept during childhood and the other during a later period in his or her life. Amend my taxes online The appraiser determines a value in these cases by applying knowledge and judgment to such factors as comparable sales and conditions. Amend my taxes online Signatures. Amend my taxes online   Signatures, or sets of signatures, that were cut from letters or other papers usually have little or no value. Amend my taxes online But complete sets of the signatures of U. Amend my taxes online S. Amend my taxes online presidents are in demand. Amend my taxes online Cars, Boats, and Aircraft If you donate a car, a boat, or an aircraft to a charitable organization, its FMV must be determined. Amend my taxes online Certain commercial firms and trade organizations publish monthly or seasonal guides for different regions of the country, containing complete dealer sale prices or dealer average prices for recent model years. Amend my taxes online Prices are reported for each make, model, and year. Amend my taxes online These guides also provide estimates for adjusting for unusual equipment, unusual mileage, and physical condition. Amend my taxes online The prices are not “official,” and these publications are not considered an appraisal of any specific donated property. Amend my taxes online But they do provide clues for making an appraisal and suggest relative prices for comparison with current sales and offerings in your area. Amend my taxes online These publications are sometimes available from public libraries or at a bank, credit union, or finance company. Amend my taxes online You can also find pricing information about used cars on the Internet. Amend my taxes online An acceptable measure of the FMV of a donated car, boat, or airplane is an amount not in excess of the price listed in a used vehicle pricing guide for a private party sale, not the dealer retail value, of a similar vehicle. Amend my taxes online However, the FMV may be less than that amount if the vehicle has engine trouble, body damage, high mileage, or any type of excessive wear. Amend my taxes online The FMV of a donated vehicle is the same as the price listed in a used vehicle pricing guide for a private party sale only if the guide lists a sales price for a vehicle 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 vehicle. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online You donate a used car in poor condition to a local high school for use by students studying car repair. Amend my taxes online A used car guide shows the dealer retail value for this type of car in poor condition is $1,600. Amend my taxes online However, the guide shows the price for a private party sale of the car is only $750. Amend my taxes online The FMV of the car is considered to be no more than $750. Amend my taxes online Boats. Amend my taxes online   Except for inexpensive small boats, the valuation of boats should be based on an appraisal by a marine surveyor because the physical condition is so critical to the value. Amend my taxes online More information. Amend my taxes online   Your deduction for a donated car, boat, or airplane generally is limited to the gross proceeds from its sale by the qualified organization. Amend my taxes online This rule applies if the claimed value of the donated vehicle is more than $500. Amend my taxes online In certain cases, you can deduct the vehicle's FMV. Amend my taxes online For details, see Publication 526. Amend my taxes online Inventory If you donate any inventory item to a charitable organization, the amount of your deductible contribution generally is the FMV of the item, minus any gain you would have realized if you had sold the item at its FMV on the date of the gift. Amend my taxes online For more information, see Publication 526. Amend my taxes online Patents To determine the FMV of a patent, you must take into account, among other factors: Whether the patented technology has been made obsolete by other technology; Any restrictions on the donee's use of, or ability to transfer, the patented technology; and The length of time remaining before the patent expires. Amend my taxes online However, your deduction for a donation of a patent or other intellectual property is its FMV, minus any gain you would have realized if you had sold the property at its FMV on the date of the gift. Amend my taxes online Generally, this means your deduction is the lesser of the property's FMV or its basis. Amend my taxes online For details, see Publication 526. Amend my taxes online Stocks and Bonds The value of stocks and bonds is the FMV of a share or bond on the valuation date. Amend my taxes online See Date of contribution, earlier, under What Is Fair Market Value (FMV). Amend my taxes online Selling prices on valuation date. Amend my taxes online   If there is an active market for the contributed stocks or bonds on a stock exchange, in an over-the-counter market, or elsewhere, the FMV of each share or bond is the average price between the highest and lowest quoted selling prices on the valuation date. Amend my taxes online For example, if the highest selling price for a share was $11, and the lowest $9, the average price is $10. Amend my taxes online You get the average price by adding $11 and $9 and dividing the sum by 2. Amend my taxes online No sales on valuation date. Amend my taxes online   If there were no sales on the valuation date, but there were sales within a reasonable period before and after the valuation date, you determine FMV by taking the average price between the highest and lowest sales prices on the nearest date before and on the nearest date after the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Then you weight these averages in inverse order by the respective number of trading days between the selling dates and the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online   On the day you gave stock to a qualified organization, there were no sales of the stock. Amend my taxes online Sales of the stock nearest the valuation date took place two trading days before the valuation date at an average selling price of $10 and three trading days after the valuation date at an average selling price of $15. Amend my taxes online The FMV on the valuation date was $12, figured as follows: [(3 x $10) + (2 x $15)] ÷ 5 = $12 Listings on more than one stock exchange. Amend my taxes online   Stocks or bonds listed on more than one stock exchange are valued based on the prices of the exchange on which they are principally dealt. Amend my taxes online This applies if these prices are published in a generally available listing or publication of general circulation. Amend my taxes online If this is not applicable, and the stocks or bonds are reported on a composite listing of combined exchanges in a publication of general circulation, use the composite list. Amend my taxes online See also Unavailable prices or closely held corporation, later. Amend my taxes online Bid and asked prices on valuation date. Amend my taxes online   If there were no sales within a reasonable period before and after the valuation date, the FMV is the average price between the bona fide bid and asked prices on the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online Although there were no sales of Blue Corporation stock on the valuation date, bona fide bid and asked prices were available on that date of $14 and $16, respectively. Amend my taxes online The FMV is $15, the average price between the bid and asked prices. Amend my taxes online No prices on valuation date. Amend my taxes online   If there were no prices available on the valuation date, you determine FMV by taking the average prices between the bona fide bid and asked prices on the closest trading date before and after the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Both dates must be within a reasonable period. Amend my taxes online Then you weight these averages in inverse order by the respective number of trading days between the bid and asked dates and the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online On the day you gave stock to a qualified organization, no prices were available. Amend my taxes online Bona fide bid and asked prices 3 days before the valuation date were $10 and 2 days after the valuation date were $15. Amend my taxes online The FMV on the valuation date is $13, figured as follows: [(2 x $10) + (3 x $15)] ÷ 5 = $13 Prices only before or after valuation date, but not both. Amend my taxes online   If no selling prices or bona fide bid and asked prices are available on a date within a reasonable period before the valuation date, but are available on a date within a reasonable period after the valuation date, or vice versa, then the average price between the highest and lowest of such available prices may be treated as the value. Amend my taxes online Large blocks of stock. Amend my taxes online   When a large block of stock is put on the market, it may lower the selling price of the stock if the supply is greater than the demand. Amend my taxes online On the other hand, market forces may exist that will afford higher prices for large blocks of stock. Amend my taxes online Because of the many factors to be considered, determining the value of large blocks of stock usually requires the help of experts specializing in underwriting large quantities of securities, or in trading in the securities of the industry of which the particular company is a part. Amend my taxes online Unavailable prices or closely held corporation. Amend my taxes online   If selling prices or bid and asked prices are not available, or if securities of a closely held corporation are involved, determine the FMV by considering the following factors. Amend my taxes online For bonds, the soundness of the security, the interest yield, the date of maturity, and other relevant factors. Amend my taxes online For shares of stock, the company's net worth, prospective earning power and dividend-paying capacity, and other relevant factors. Amend my taxes online Other factors. Amend my taxes online   Other relevant factors include: The nature and history of the business, especially its recent history, The goodwill of the business, The economic outlook in the particular industry, The company's position in the industry, its competitors, and its management, and The value of securities of corporations engaged in the same or similar business. Amend my taxes online For preferred stock, the most important factors are its yield, dividend coverage, and protection of its liquidation preference. Amend my taxes online   You should keep complete financial and other information on which the valuation is based. Amend my taxes online This includes copies of reports of examinations of the company made by accountants, engineers, or any technical experts on or close to the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Restricted securities. Amend my taxes online   Some classes of stock cannot be traded publicly because of restrictions imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or by the corporate charter or a trust agreement. Amend my taxes online These restricted securities usually trade at a discount in relation to freely traded securities. Amend my taxes online   To arrive at the FMV of restricted securities, factors that you must consider include the resale provisions found in the restriction agreements, the relative negotiating strengths of the buyer and seller, and the market experience of freely traded securities of the same class as the restricted securities. Amend my taxes online Real Estate Because each piece of real estate is unique and its valuation is complicated, a detailed appraisal by a professional appraiser is necessary. Amend my taxes online The appraiser must be thoroughly trained in the application of appraisal principles and theory. Amend my taxes online In some instances the opinions of equally qualified appraisers may carry unequal weight, such as when one appraiser has a better knowledge of local conditions. Amend my taxes online The appraisal report must contain a complete description of the property, such as street address, legal description, and lot and block number, as well as physical features, condition, and dimensions. Amend my taxes online The use to which the property is put, zoning and permitted uses, and its potential use for other higher and better uses are also relevant. Amend my taxes online In general, there are three main approaches to the valuation of real estate. Amend my taxes online An appraisal may require the combined use of two or three methods rather than one method only. Amend my taxes online 1. Amend my taxes online Comparable Sales The comparable sales method compares the donated property with several similar properties that have been sold. Amend my taxes online The selling prices, after adjustments for differences in date of sale, size, condition, and location, would then indicate the estimated FMV of the donated property. Amend my taxes online If the comparable sales method is used to determine the value of unimproved real property (land without significant buildings, structures, or any other improvements that add to its value), the appraiser should consider the following factors when comparing the potential comparable property and the donated property: Location, size, and zoning or use restrictions, Accessibility and road frontage, and available utilities and water rights, Riparian rights (right of access to and use of the water by owners of land on the bank of a river) and existing easements, rights-of-way, leases, etc. Amend my taxes online , Soil characteristics, vegetative cover, and status of mineral rights, and Other factors affecting value. Amend my taxes online For each comparable sale, the appraisal must include the names of the buyer and seller, the deed book and page number, the date of sale and selling price, a property description, the amount and terms of mortgages, property surveys, the assessed value, the tax rate, and the assessor's appraised FMV. Amend my taxes online The comparable selling prices must be adjusted to account for differences between the sale property and the donated property. Amend my taxes online Because differences of opinion may arise between appraisers as to the degree of comparability and the amount of the adjustment considered necessary for comparison purposes, an appraiser should document each item of adjustment. Amend my taxes online Only comparable sales having the least adjustments in terms of items and/or total dollar adjustments should be considered as comparable to the donated property. Amend my taxes online 2. Amend my taxes online Capitalization of Income This method capitalizes the net income from the property at a rate that represents a fair return on the particular investment at the particular time, considering the risks involved. Amend my taxes online The key elements are the determination of the income to be capitalized and the rate of capitalization. Amend my taxes online 3. Amend my taxes online Replacement Cost New or Reproduction Cost Minus Observed Depreciation This method, used alone, usually does not result in a determination of FMV. Amend my taxes online Instead, it generally tends to set the upper limit of value, particularly in periods of rising costs, because it is reasonable to assume that an informed buyer will not pay more for the real estate than it would cost to reproduce a similar property. Amend my taxes online Of course, this reasoning does not apply if a similar property cannot be created because of location, unusual construction, or some other reason. Amend my taxes online Generally, this method serves to support the value determined from other methods. Amend my taxes online When the replacement cost method is applied to improved realty, the land and improvements are valued separately. Amend my taxes online The replacement cost of a building is figured by considering the materials, the quality of workmanship, and the number of square feet or cubic feet in the building. Amend my taxes online This cost represents the total cost of labor and material, overhead, and profit. Amend my taxes online After the replacement cost has been figured, consideration must be given to the following factors: Physical deterioration—the wear and tear on the building itself, Functional obsolescence—usually in older buildings with, for example, inadequate lighting, plumbing, or heating, small rooms, or a poor floor plan, and Economic obsolescence—outside forces causing the whole area to become less desirable. Amend my taxes online Interest in a Business The FMV of any interest in a business, whether a sole proprietorship or a partnership, is the amount that a willing buyer would pay for the interest to a willing seller after consideration of all relevant factors. Amend my taxes online The relevant factors to be considered in valuing the business are: The FMV of the assets of the business, The demonstrated earnings capacity of the business, based on a review of past and current earnings, and The other factors used in evaluating corporate stock, if they apply. Amend my taxes online The value of the goodwill of the business should also be taken into consideration. Amend my taxes online You should keep complete financial and other information on which you base the valuation. Amend my taxes online This includes copies of reports of examinations of the business made by accountants, engineers, or any technical experts on or close to the valuation date. Amend my taxes online Annuities, Interests for Life or Terms of Years, Remainders, and Reversions The value of these kinds of property is their present value, except in the case of annuities under contracts issued by companies regularly engaged in their sale. Amend my taxes online The valuation of these commercial annuity contracts and of insurance policies is discussed later under Certain Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts. Amend my taxes online To determine present value, you must know the applicable interest rate and use actuarial tables. Amend my taxes online Interest rate. Amend my taxes online   The applicable interest rate varies. Amend my taxes online It is announced monthly in a news release and published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin as a Revenue Ruling. Amend my taxes online The interest rate to use is under the heading “Rate Under Section 7520” for a given month and year. Amend my taxes online You can call the IRS office at 1-800-829-1040 to obtain this rate. Amend my taxes online Actuarial tables. Amend my taxes online   You need to refer to actuarial tables to determine a qualified interest in the form of an annuity, any interest for life or a term of years, or any remainder interest to a charitable organization. Amend my taxes online   Use the valuation tables set forth in IRS Publications 1457, Actuarial Values (Book Aleph), and 1458, Actuarial Values (Book Beth). Amend my taxes online Both of these publications provide tables containing actuarial factors to be used in determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or for a term of years, or a remainder or reversionary interest. Amend my taxes online For qualified charitable transfers, you can use the factor for the month in which you made the contribution or for either of the 2 months preceding that month. Amend my taxes online   Publication 1457 also contains actuarial factors for computing the value of a remainder interest in a charitable remainder annuity trust and a pooled income fund. Amend my taxes online Publication 1458 contains the factors for valuing the remainder interest in a charitable remainder unitrust. Amend my taxes online You can download Publications 1457 and 1458 from www. Amend my taxes online irs. Amend my taxes online gov. Amend my taxes online In addition, they are available for purchase via the website of the U. Amend my taxes online S. Amend my taxes online Government Printing Office, by phone at (202) 512-1800, or by mail from the: Superintendent of Documents P. Amend my taxes online O. Amend my taxes online Box 371954 Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954 Tables containing actuarial factors for transfers to pooled income funds may also be found in Income Tax Regulation 1. Amend my taxes online 642(c)-6(e)(6), transfers to charitable remainder unitrusts in Regulation 1. Amend my taxes online 664-4(e), and other transfers in Regulation 20. Amend my taxes online 2031-7(d)(6). Amend my taxes online Special factors. Amend my taxes online   If you need a special factor for an actual transaction, you can request a letter ruling. Amend my taxes online Be sure to include the date of birth of each person the duration of whose life may affect the value of the interest. Amend my taxes online Also include copies of the relevant instruments. Amend my taxes online IRS charges a user fee for providing special factors. Amend my taxes online   For more information about requesting a ruling, see Revenue Procedure 2006-1 (or annual update), 2006-1 I. Amend my taxes online R. Amend my taxes online B. Amend my taxes online 1. Amend my taxes online Revenue Procedure 2006-1 is available at www. Amend my taxes online irs. Amend my taxes online gov/irb/2006-01_IRB/ar06. Amend my taxes online html. Amend my taxes online   For information on the circumstances under which a charitable deduction may be allowed for the donation of a partial interest in property not in trust, see Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust, later. Amend my taxes online Certain Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts The value of an annuity contract or a life insurance policy issued by a company regularly engaged in the sale of such contracts or policies is the amount that company would charge for a comparable contract. Amend my taxes online But if the donee of a life insurance policy may reasonably be expected to cash the policy rather than hold it as an investment, then the FMV is the cash surrender value rather than the replacement cost. Amend my taxes online If an annuity is payable under a combination annuity contract and life insurance policy (for example, a retirement income policy with a death benefit) and there was no insurance element when it was transferred to the charity, the policy is treated as an annuity contract. Amend my taxes online Partial Interest in Property Not in Trust Generally, no deduction is allowed for a charitable contribution, not made in trust, of less than your entire interest in property. Amend my taxes online However, this does not apply to a transfer of less than your entire interest if it is a transfer of: A remainder interest in your personal residence or farm, An undivided part of your entire interest in property, or A qualified conservation contribution. Amend my taxes online Remainder Interest in Real Property The amount of the deduction for a donation of a remainder interest in real property is the FMV of the remainder interest at the time of the contribution. Amend my taxes online To determine this value, you must know the FMV of the property on the date of the contribution. Amend my taxes online Multiply this value by the appropriate factor. Amend my taxes online Publications 1457 and 1458 contain these factors. Amend my taxes online You must make an adjustment for depreciation or depletion using the factors shown in Publication 1459, Actuarial Values (Book Gimel). Amend my taxes online You can use the factors for the month in which you made the contribution or for either of the two months preceding that month. Amend my taxes online See the earlier discussion on Annuities, Interests for Life or Terms of Years, Remainders, and Reversions. Amend my taxes online You can download Publication 1459 from www. Amend my taxes online irs. Amend my taxes online gov. Amend my taxes online For this purpose, the term “depreciable property” means any property subject to wear and tear or obsolescence, even if not used in a trade or business or for the production of income. Amend my taxes online If the remainder interest includes both depreciable and nondepreciable property, for example a house and land, the FMV must be allocated between each kind of property at the time of the contribution. Amend my taxes online This rule also applies to a gift of a remainder interest that includes property that is part depletable and part not depletable. Amend my taxes online Take into account depreciation or depletion only for the property that is subject to depreciation or depletion. Amend my taxes online For more information, see section 1. Amend my taxes online 170A-12 of the Income Tax Regulations. Amend my taxes online Undivided Part of Your Entire Interest A contribution of an undivided part of your entire interest in property must consist of a part of each and every substantial interest or right you own in the property. Amend my taxes online It must extend over the entire term of your interest in the property. Amend my taxes online For example, you are entitled to the income from certain property for your life (life estate) and you contribute 20% of that life estate to a qualified organization. Amend my taxes online You can claim a deduction for the contribution if you do not have any other interest in the property. Amend my taxes online To figure the value of a contribution involving a partial interest, see Publication 1457. Amend my taxes online If the only interest you own in real property is a remainder interest and you transfer part of that interest to a qualified organization, see the previous discussion on valuation of a remainder interest in real property. Amend my taxes online 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. Amend my taxes online Qualified organization. Amend my taxes online   For purposes of a qualified conservation contribution, a qualified organization is: A governmental unit, A publicly supported charitable, religious, scientific, literary, educational, etc. Amend my taxes online , organization, or An organization that is controlled by, and operated for the exclusive benefit of, a governmental unit or a publicly supported charity. Amend my taxes online The organization also must have a commitment to protect the conservation purposes of the donation and must have the resources to enforce the restrictions. Amend my taxes online Conservation purposes. Amend my taxes online   Your contribution must be made only for one of the following conservation purposes. Amend my taxes online Preserving land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public. Amend my taxes online Protecting a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or a similar ecosystem. Amend my taxes online Preserving open space, including farmland and forest land, if it yields a significant public benefit. Amend my taxes online It must be either for the scenic enjoyment of the general public or under a clearly defined federal, state, or local governmental conservation policy. Amend my taxes online Preserving a historically important land area or a certified historic structure. Amend my taxes online There must be some visual public access to the property. Amend my taxes online Factors used in determining the type and amount of public access required include the historical significance of the property, the remoteness or accessibility of the site, and the extent to which intrusions on the privacy of individuals living on the property would be unreasonable. Amend my taxes online Building in registered historic district. Amend my taxes online   A contribution after July 25, 2006, of a qualified real property interest that is an easement or other restriction on the exterior of a building in a registered historic district is deductible only if it meets all of the following three conditions. Amend my taxes online The restriction must preserve the entire exterior of the building and must prohibit any change to the exterior of the building that is inconsistent with its historical character. Amend my taxes online You and the organization receiving the contribution must enter into a written agreement certifying, that the organization is a qualified organization and that it has the resources and commitment to maintain the property as donated. Amend my taxes online If you make the contribution in a tax year beginning after August 17, 2006, 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. Amend my taxes online   If you make this type of contribution after February 12, 2007, and claim a deduction of more than $10,000, your deduction will not be allowed unless you pay a $500 filing fee. Amend my taxes online See Form 8283-V, Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13), and its instructions. Amend my taxes online Qualified real property interest. Amend my taxes online   This is any of the following interests in real property. Amend my taxes online 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). Amend my taxes online A remainder interest. Amend my taxes online A restriction (granted in perpetuity) on the use that may be made of the real property. Amend my taxes online Valuation. Amend my taxes online   A qualified real property interest described in (1) should be valued in a manner that is consistent with the type of interest transferred. Amend my taxes online If you transferred all the interest in the property, the FMV of the property is the amount of the contribution. Amend my taxes online If you do not transfer the mineral interest, the FMV of the surface rights in the property is the amount of the contribution. Amend my taxes online   If you owned only a remainder interest or an income interest (life estate), see Undivided Part of Your Entire Interest, earlier. Amend my taxes online If you owned the entire property but transferred only a remainder interest (item (2)), see Remainder Interest in Real Property, earlier. Amend my taxes online   In determining the value of restrictions, you should take into account the selling price in arm's-length transactions of other properties that have comparable restrictions. Amend my taxes online If there are no comparable sales, the restrictions are valued indirectly as the difference between the FMVs of the property involved before and after the grant of the restriction. Amend my taxes online   The FMV of the property before contribution of the restriction should take into account not only current use but the likelihood that the property, without the restriction, would be developed. Amend my taxes online You should also consider any zoning, conservation, or historical preservation laws that would restrict development. Amend my taxes online Granting an easement may increase, rather than reduce, the value of property, and in such a situation no deduction would be allowed. Amend my taxes online Example. Amend my taxes online   You own 10 acres of farmland. Amend my taxes online Similar land in the area has an FMV of $2,000 an acre. Amend my taxes online However, land in the general area that is restricted solely to farm use has an FMV of $1,500 an acre. Amend my taxes online Your county wants to preserve open space and prevent further development in your area. Amend my taxes online   You grant to the county an enforceable open space easement in perpetuity on 8 of the 10 acres, restricting its use to farmland. Amend my taxes online The value of this easement is $4,000, determined as follows: FMV of the property before granting easement:   $2,000 × 10 acres $20,000 FMV of the property after granting easement:   $1,500 × 8 acres $12,000   $2,000 × 2 acres 4,000 16,000 Value of easement   $4,000   If you later transfer in fee your remaining interest in the 8 acres to another qualified organization, the FMV of your remaining interest is the FMV of the 8 acres reduced by the FMV of the easement granted to the first organization. Amend my taxes online More information. Amend my taxes online   For more information about qualified conservation contributions, see Publication 526. Amend my taxes online Appraisals Appraisals are not necessary for items of property for which you claim a deduction of $5,000 or less. Amend my taxes online (There is one exception, described next, for certain clothing and household items. Amend my taxes online ) However, you generally will need an appraisal for donated property for which you claim a deduction of more than $5,000. Amend my taxes online There are exceptions. Amend my taxes online See Deductions of More Than $5,000, later. Amend my taxes online The weight given an appraisal depends on the completeness of the report, the qualifications of the appraiser, and the appraiser's demonstrated knowledge of the donated property. Amend my taxes online An appraisal must give all the facts on which to base an intelligent judgment of the value of the property. Amend my taxes online The appraisal will not be given much weight if: All the factors that apply are not considered, The opinion is not supported with facts, such as purchase price and comparable sales, or The opinion is not consistent with known facts. Amend my taxes online The appraiser's opinion is never more valid than the facts on which it is based; without these facts it is simply a guess. Amend my taxes online The opinion of a person claiming to be an expert is not binding on the Internal Revenue Service. Amend my taxes online All facts associated with the donation must be considered. Amend my taxes online Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items. Amend my taxes online   You must include with your return a qualified appraisal of any single item of clothing or any household item that is not in good used condition or better, that you donated after August 17, 2006, and for which you deduct more than $500. Amend my taxes online See Household Goods and Used Clothing, earlier. Amend my taxes online Cost of appraisals. Amend my taxes online   You may not take a charitable contribution deduction for fees you pay for appraisals of your donated property. Amend my taxes online However, these fees may qualify as a miscellaneous deduction, subject to the 2% limit, on Schedule A (Form 1040) if paid to determine the amount allowable as a charitable contribution. Amend my taxes online Deductions of More Than $5,000 Generally, if the claimed deduction for an item or group of similar items of donated property is more than $5,000, you must get a qualified appraisal made by a qualified appraiser, and you must attach Section B of Form 8283 to your tax return. Amend my taxes online There are exceptions, discussed later. Amend my taxes online You should keep the appraiser's report with your written records. Amend my taxes online Records are discussed in Publication 526. Amend my taxes online The phrase “similar items” means property of the same generic category or type (whether or not donated to the same donee), such as stamp collections, coin collections, lithographs, paintings, photographs, books, nonpublicly traded stock, nonpublicly traded securities other than nonpublicly traded stock, land, buildings, clothing, jewelry, furniture, electronic equipment, household appliances, toys, everyday kitchenware, china, crystal, or silver. Amend my taxes online For example, if you give books to three schools and you deduct $2,000, $2,500, and $900, respectively, your claimed deduction is more than $5,000 for these books. Amend my taxes online You must get a qualified appraisal of the books and for each school you must attach a fully completed Form 8283, Section B, to your tax return. Amend my taxes online Exceptions. Amend my taxes online   You do not need an appraisal if the property is: Nonpublicly traded stock of $10,000 or less, A vehicle (including a car, boat, or airplane) for which your deduction is limited to the gross proceeds from its sale, Qualified intellectual property, such as a patent, Certain publicly traded securities described next, Inventory and other property donated by a corporation that are “qualified contributions” for the care of the ill, the needy, or infants, within the meaning of section 170(e)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code, or Stock in trade, inventory, or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of your trade or business. Amend my taxes online   Although an appraisal is not required for the types of property just listed, you must provide certain information about a donation of any of these types of property on Form 8283. Amend my taxes online Publicly traded securities. Amend my taxes online   Even if your claimed deduction is more than $5,000, neither a qualified appraisal nor Section B of Form 8283 is required for publicly traded securities that are: Listed on a stock exchange in which quotations are published on a daily basis, Regularly traded in a national or regional over-the-counter market for which published quotations are available, or Shares of an open-end investment company (mutual fund) for which quotations are published on a daily basis in a newspaper of general circulation throughout the United States. Amend my taxes online Publicly traded securities that meet these requirements must be reported on Form 8283, Section A. Amend my taxes online   A qualified appraisal is not required, but Form 8283, Section B, Parts I and IV, must be completed, for an issue of a security that does not meet the requirements just listed but does meet these requirements: The issue is regularly traded during the computation period (defined later) in a market for which there is an “interdealer quotation system” (defined later), The issuer or agent computes the “average trading price” (defined later) for the same issue for the computation period, The average trading price and total volume of the issue during the computation period are published in a newspaper of general circulation throughout the United States, not later than the last day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter in which the computation period ends, The issuer or agent keeps books and records that list for each transaction during the computation period the date of settlement of the transaction, the name and address of the broker or dealer making the market in which the transaction occurred, and the trading price and volume, and The issuer or agent permits the Internal Revenue Service to review the books and records described in item (4) with respect to transactions during the computation period upon receiving reasonable notice. Amend my taxes online   An interdealer quotation system is any system of general circulation to brokers and dealers that regularly disseminates quotations of obligations by two or more identified brokers or dealers who are not related to either the issuer or agent who computes the average trading price of the security. Amend my taxes online A quotation sheet prepared and distributed by a broker or dealer in the regular course of business and containing only quotations of that broker or dealer is not an interdealer quotation system. Amend my taxes online   The average trading price is the average price of all transactions (weighted by volume), other than original issue or redemption transactions, conducted through a United States office of a broker or dealer who maintains a market in the issue of the security during the computation period. Amend my taxes online Bid and asked quotations are not taken into account. Amend my taxes online   The computation period is weekly during October through December and monthly during January through September. Amend my taxes online The weekly computation periods during October through December begin with the first Monday in October and end with the first Sunday following the last Monday in December. Amend my taxes online Nonpublicly traded stock. Amend my taxes online   If you contribute nonpublicly traded stock, for which you claim a deduction of $10,000 or less, a qualified appraisal is not required. Amend my taxes online However, you must attach Form 8283 to your tax return, with Section B, Parts I and IV, completed. Amend my taxes online Deductions of More Than $500,000 If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for a donation of property, you must attach a qualified appraisal of the property to your return. Amend my taxes online This does not apply to contributions of cash, inventory, publicly traded stock, or intellectual property. Amend my taxes online If you do not attach the appraisal, you cannot deduct your contribution, unless your failure to attach the appraisal is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect. Amend my taxes online Qualified Appraisal Generally, if the claimed deduction for an item or group of similar items of donated property is more than $5,000, you must get a qualified appraisal made by a qualified appraiser. Amend my taxes online You must also complete Form 8283, Section B, and attach it to your tax return. Amend my taxes online See Deductions of More Than $5,000, earlier. Amend my taxes online A qualified appraisal is an appraisal document that: Is made, signed, and dated by a qualified appraiser (defined later) in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards, Meets the relevant requirements of Regulations section 1. Amend my taxes online 170A-13(c)(3) and Notice 2006-96, 2006-46 I. Amend my taxes online R. Amend my taxes online B. Amend my taxes online 902 (available at www. Amend my taxes online irs. Amend my taxes online gov/irb/2006-46_IRB/ar13. Amend my taxes online html), Relates to an appraisal made not earlier than 60 days before the date of contribution of the appraised property, Does not involve a prohibited appraisal fee, and Includes certain information (covered later). Amend my taxes online You must receive the qualified appraisal before the due date, including extensions, of the return on which a charitable contribution deduction is first claimed for the donated property. Amend my taxes online If the deduction is first claimed on an amended return, the qualified appraisal must be received before the date on which the amended return is filed. Amend my taxes online Form 8283, Section B, must be attached to your tax return. Amend my taxes online Generally, you do not need to attach the qualified appraisal itself, but you should keep a copy as long as it may be relevant under the tax law. Amend my taxes online There are four exceptions. Amend my taxes online If you claim a deduction of $20,000 or more for donations of art, you must attach a complete copy of the appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art, earlier. Amend my taxes online If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for a donation of property, you must attach the appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Deductions of More Than $500,000, earlier. Amend my taxes online If you claim a deduction of more than $500 for an article of clothing, or a household item, that is not in good used condition or better, that you donated after August 17, 2006, you must attach the appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items, earlier. Amend my taxes online If you claim a deduction in a tax year beginning after August 17, 2006, for an easement or other restriction on the exterior of a building in a historic district, you must attach the appraisal. Amend my taxes online See Building in registered historic district, earlier. Amend my taxes online Prohibited appraisal fee. Amend my taxes online   Generally, no part of the fee arrangement for a qualified appraisal can be based on a percentage of the appraised value of the property. Amend my taxes online If a fee arrangement is based on what is allowed as a deduction, after Internal Revenue Service examination or otherwise, it is treated as a fee based on a percentage of appraised value. Amend my taxes online However, appraisals are not disqualified when an otherwise prohi
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Amend my taxes online Publication 509 - Main Content Table of Contents General Tax CalendarFirst Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter Fiscal-Year Taxpayers Employer's Tax CalendarFirst Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter Excise Tax CalendarFirst Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter How To Get Tax Help General Tax Calendar This tax calendar has the due dates for 2014 that most taxpayers will need. Amend my taxes online Employers and persons who pay excise taxes also should use the Employer's Tax Calendar and the Excise Tax Calendar . Amend my taxes online Fiscal-year taxpayers. Amend my taxes online   If you file your income tax return for a fiscal year rather than the calendar year, you must change some of the dates in this calendar. Amend my taxes online These changes are described under Fiscal-Year Taxpayers at the end of this calendar. Amend my taxes online First Quarter The first quarter of a calendar year is made up of January, February, and March. Amend my taxes online Second Quarter The second quarter of a calendar year is made up of April, May, and June. Amend my taxes online Third Quarter The third quarter of a calendar year is made up of July, August, and September. Amend my taxes online Fourth Quarter The fourth quarter of a calendar year is made up of October, November, and December. Amend my taxes online Fiscal-Year Taxpayers If you use a fiscal year (rather than the calendar year) as your tax year, you should change some of the dates in this calendar. Amend my taxes online Use the following general guidelines to make these changes. Amend my taxes online The 3 months that make up each quarter of a fiscal year may be different from those of each calendar quarter, depending on when the fiscal year begins. Amend my taxes online Also see Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, earlier. Amend my taxes online Individuals Form 1040. Amend my taxes online    This form is due on the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of your tax year. Amend my taxes online Form 4868 is used to request an extension of time to file Form 1040. Amend my taxes online Estimated tax payments (Form 1040-ES). Amend my taxes online   Payments are due on the 15th day of the 4th, 6th, and 9th months of your tax year and on the 15th day of the 1st month after your tax year ends. Amend my taxes online Partnerships Form 1065. Amend my taxes online   This form is due on the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of the partnership's tax year. Amend my taxes online Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1065) or a substitute Schedule K-1. Amend my taxes online Form 1065-B (electing large partnerships). Amend my taxes online   This form is due on the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of the partnership's tax year. Amend my taxes online Provide each partner with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1065-B) or a substitute Schedule K-1 by the first March 15 following the close of the partnership's tax year. Amend my taxes online Corporations and S Corporations Form 1120 and Form 1120S (or Form 7004). Amend my taxes online   These forms are due on the 15th day of the 3rd month after the end of the corporation's tax year. Amend my taxes online S corporations must provide each shareholder with a copy of Schedule K-1 (Form 1120S) or a substitute Schedule K-1. Amend my taxes online Form 7004 is used to request an extension of time to file Form 1120 or Form 1120S. Amend my taxes online Estimated tax payments. Amend my taxes online   Payments are due on the 15th day of the 4th, 6th, 9th, and 12th months of the corporation's tax year. Amend my taxes online Form 2553. Amend my taxes online   This form is used to choose S corporation treatment. Amend my taxes online It is due no more than two months and 15 days after the beginning of the tax year the election is to take effect or at any time during the preceding tax year. Amend my taxes online Employer's Tax Calendar This tax calendar covers various due dates of interest to employers. Amend my taxes online Principally, it covers the following federal taxes. Amend my taxes online Income tax you withhold from your employees' wages or from nonpayroll amounts you pay out. Amend my taxes online Social security and Medicare taxes (FICA taxes) you withhold from your employees' wages and the social security and Medicare taxes you must pay as an employer. Amend my taxes online Federal unemployment (FUTA) tax you must pay as an employer. Amend my taxes online The calendar lists due dates for filing returns and for making deposits of these three taxes throughout the year. Amend my taxes online Use this calendar with Publication 15 (Circular E), which gives the deposit rules. Amend my taxes online Forms you may need. Amend my taxes online   The following is a list and description of the primary employment tax forms you may need. Amend my taxes online Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return. Amend my taxes online This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Amend my taxes online Use it to report the FUTA tax on wages you paid. Amend my taxes online Form 941, Employer's QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return. Amend my taxes online This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar quarter ends. Amend my taxes online Use it to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income taxes on wages if your employees are not farm workers or household employees. Amend my taxes online Form 943, Employer's Annual Federal Tax Return for Agricultural Employees. Amend my taxes online This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Amend my taxes online Use it to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income taxes on wages if your employees are farm workers. Amend my taxes online Form 944, Employer's ANNUAL Federal Tax Return. Amend my taxes online This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Amend my taxes online Certain small employers use it instead of Form 941 to report social security and Medicare taxes and withheld income tax. Amend my taxes online Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax. Amend my taxes online This form is due the last day of the first calendar month after the calendar year ends. Amend my taxes online Use it to report income tax withheld on all nonpayroll items. Amend my taxes online Nonpayroll items include the following. Amend my taxes online Backup withholding. Amend my taxes online Withholding on pensions, annuities, IRAs, and gambling winnings. Amend my taxes online Payments of Indian gaming profits to tribal members. Amend my taxes online Fiscal-year taxpayers. Amend my taxes online   The dates in this calendar apply whether you use a fiscal year or the calendar year as your tax year. Amend my taxes online The only exception is the date for filing Forms 5500, Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, and 5500-EZ, Annual Return of One-Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plan. Amend my taxes online These employee benefit plan forms are due by the last day of the seventh month after the plan year ends. Amend my taxes online See July 31 , later. Amend my taxes online Extended due dates. Amend my taxes online   If you timely deposit in full the tax you are required to report on Form 940, 941, 943, 944, or 945, you have an additional 10 calendar days to file that form. Amend my taxes online If you are subject to the semiweekly deposit rule, use Table 2 near the end of this publication for your deposit due dates. Amend my taxes online However, if you accumulate $100,000 or more of taxes on any day during a deposit period, you must deposit the tax by the next business day instead of the date shown in Table 2. Amend my taxes online First Quarter The first quarter of a calendar year is made up of January, February, and March. Amend my taxes online Second Quarter The second quarter of a calendar year is made up of April, May, and June. Amend my taxes online Third Quarter The third quarter of a calendar year is made up of July, August, and September. Amend my taxes online Fourth Quarter The fourth quarter of a calendar year is made up of October, November, and December. Amend my taxes online Excise Tax Calendar This tax calendar gives the due dates for filing returns and making deposits of excise taxes. Amend my taxes online Use this calendar with Publication 510. Amend my taxes online Also see the instructions for Forms 11-C, 720, 730, and 2290 for more information. Amend my taxes online References to Form 2290 also apply to Form 2290(SP). Amend my taxes online Forms you may need. Amend my taxes online   The following is a list and description of the excise tax forms you may need. Amend my taxes online Form 11-C, Occupational Tax and Registration Return for Wagering. Amend my taxes online Use this form to register any wagering activity and to pay an occupational tax on wagering. Amend my taxes online File Form 11-C if you are in the business of accepting wagers, including conducting a wagering pool or lottery, or are an agent of someone who accepts wagers. Amend my taxes online You must file the form before you begin accepting wagers. Amend my taxes online After that, file the form by July 1 of each year. Amend my taxes online Also, see Form 730, later. 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Amend my taxes online The tax period begins on July 1 and ends the following June 30. Amend my taxes online You must pay the full year's tax on all vehicles you have in use during the month of July. Amend my taxes online You must also pay a partial-year tax on taxable vehicles that you put into use in a month after July. Amend my taxes online For more information, see the Instructions for Form 2290. Amend my taxes online Fiscal-year taxpayers. Amend my taxes online   The dates in this calendar apply whether you use a fiscal year or the calendar year as your tax year. Amend my taxes online Adjustments for Saturday, Sunday, or legal holidays. Amend my taxes online   Generally, if a due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date is delayed until the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Amend my taxes online For excise taxes, there are two exceptions to this rule. 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