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Author: Parkway Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 123537  
Subject: Item purchased for a charity Date: 2/25/2012 2:37 PM
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Hello all,

I'm looking for guidance on deductions for items purchased for a charity (my kids' school). The items fall in two categories: classroom supplies/equipment from teacher wish lists (not just my own kids' classrooms) and unreimbursed expenses for school events that my husband and I helped with.

I have receipts for everything. Or, more accurately, I wasn't planning to deduct the $85 of items where I have credit card statements but no actual store receipt.

I was thinking that I would need to record these as noncash gifts and file form 8283 (the total spent on all items is over $500, with no item over $250). But the instructions I'm reading seem to be entirely about donations of my own pesonal property -- things I already owned rather than things I bought specifically for the charity. So now I'm wondering if it's legit to treat these as cash contributions, as if the fact that I took care of the purchasing was somehow separate from the fact that I provided the dough?

This won't make a difference in my tax liability, I'm just hoping to get away with a little less paperwork.

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