Publication 561 - Introductory Material


Introduction

This publication is designed to help donors and appraisers determine the value of property (other than cash) that is given to qualified organizations. It also explains what kind of information you must have to support the charitable contribution deduction you claim on your return.

This publication does not discuss how to figure the amount of your deduction for charitable contributions or written records and substantiation required. See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, for this information.

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Useful Items - You may want to see:

Publication

  • 526 Charitable Contributions

Form (and Instructions)

  • 8282
    Donee Information Return

  • 8283
    Noncash Charitable Contributions

  • 8283-V
    Payment Voucher for Filing Fee Under Section 170(f)(13)

See How To Get Tax Help, near the end of this publication, for information about getting these publications and forms.


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