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I am interested in clarifying the rules regarding documenting noncash donations. I put together a spreadsheet to record and calculate the total value of noncash donations that were made following my father's death, earlier this year. No single item exceeds $500, but the total would exceed $5,000. In reading Form 8283, the language regarding whether Section A or Section B is used, and whether a written appraisal is required, seems to indicate the threshold is $5,000 for an item (or group of similar items).

So, question is, what defines a "group of similar items"? The items in question in my case consist of a mix of clothing, furniture, and household goods. The donations were made in multiple trips.
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