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Subject:  donations to Goodwill Date:  2/8/2012  12:27 PM
Author:  YewGuise Number:  114999 of 129792

Well, that was odd. I entered each book and item of clothing into "It's Deductible" (ID) and let the software figure the value, as opposed to prowling thrift stores and figuring out myself what a fair market value would be. Then while in TurboTax, I imported the ID results.

Very nice, because TT then filled out the Form 8283 for me. However, on Section A, Part I, column g, TT showed a fair market value about 15% higher than the ID estimates.

From the ID web site:
Estimated Value
This is an estimated value to be used for planning purposes only. Estimated values will be updated with final values when they are imported into TurboTax (Deluxe and above).

Anyone know why final values would be different from estimated values? FYI, column h shows "Comparative sales" as the method used to determine FMV. The Form 8283 instructions on the IRS site didn't shed any light on the ID process.

Just curious. I'm not entirely comfortable with unexplained numbers showing up on a document that I'm signing as "true, correct, and complete...under penalties of perjury."
(I'm also not comfortable with charitable contributions being deductible in the first place, but that's a different issue, and as long as the deductions are allowed I might as well take them.)

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