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Registered: ‎02-19-2018

charitable donations -- collectables

auction company valued collectables and held an auction. those items not sold were donated to a local charity.  does the value documented by the auction house satisfy the IRS requirements of donation valuation?

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Re: charitable donations -- collectables

Hello JohnG8,


Welcome to H&R Block Community.


The determination of Fair Market Value for donated items varies depending on the value and the item.  In general, the value that the auction company placed on the items would be a good indication of what the property would sell for in the open market.  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.


I hope this helps you out!


For more information on specifics you can refer to IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property: (


Lacy J

Tax Research Specialist