If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you are entitled to claim a charitable deduction for your Hawaii Emergency Radio Operators donations. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a taxpayer can deduct the fair market value of items. Fair market value is the price a willing buyer would pay for them. Value usually depends on the condition of the item. By law, a charity cannot tell you what your donated items are worth. This is something you must do yourself. To assess “fair market value” for your donations:
Consult a local tax advisor who should be familiar with market values in your region
Review the following tax guides available from the IRS
Determining the Value of Donated Property — defines “fair market value” and helps donors and appraisers determine the value of property 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. (Publication 561)
If you need assistance in determining the fair market value of your donations, e-mail us at mail@HERO.radio.
Charitable Contributions — explains which organizations are qualified to receive deductible charitable contributions, the types of contributions you can deduct, how much you can deduct, what records to keep, and how to report charitable contributions (Publication 526)
Noncash Charitable Contributions — applies to deduction claims totaling more than $500 for all contributed items (Form 8283). For donations in Hawaii, you will need our Federal Identification number when filing this form. That number is: 88-1206099.
Emergency Radio Operators will be happy to provide a receipt as substantiation for your contributions.