Gifts of Property Worth $250 or More
Prepare a written communication acknowledging receipt of the donation of property. This written communication can be a formal receipt, letter, email or any other written format that conveys the essential information. The communication must include the name of the charity, the date of the contribution and a description of the property donated. Do not include an estimate of the value of the donated property on the receipt.
Include a statement on the acknowledgment that no goods or services were provided by the organization in return for the donation, if that was the case; alternatively, provide a description and good-faith estimate of the value of goods or services that the organization provided in return for the donation. For example, if a donor donates a antique clock and the organization provides the donor with tickets to a concert in exchange, the communication must indicate the value of the tickets and that they were provided in exchange for the donation.
Send the written communication to the donor no later than January 31 of the year following the donation. This enables the donor to use the receipt to file his tax returns.
File Form 8282, Donee Information Return, with the IRS if the organization sells, transfers, exchanges or otherwise disposes of the donated property within three years of the date of receipt of the property. This form tells the IRS the actual value of the property when it was sold so the agency can compare it to the FMV estimate that was used by the donor.
Prepare IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes or a substitute document containing the same information for any donation of a vehicle with a claimed value of more than $500. The form requests key information about the vehicle and its current value so the IRS can substantiate the donation.
Send copies B and C of Form 1098-C to the donor for his records. If the organization keeps and uses the vehicle, the copies must be sent to the donor within 30 days of the donation. If the organization sells the vehicle for cash, send the copies within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle.
Mail copy A of IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes or a substitute document to the IRS by February 28 of the year following the donation. Use the address for the Internal Revenue Service Center that process paperwork for your area of the country that is listed in the instructions to the form.