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I also give over $1000 worth of goods to Goodwill annually sometimes. I keep a written list and photos of the items I donate. (Nothing fancy, I have heard it's good to have photos just in case...)

There's a product I also use and love and would reccomend it if you plan to have large donations in the future. It's called "It's Deductible" and is computer software that allows you to input your donations about (costs $30 per year I think.) It makes a list (which you can then print out and have signed by the recipient), assigns fair market values to your items based on surveys of going prices in the U.S., and prints a Form 8283 for you that you just attach to your return.

The software does seem to value things a little high, IMO, so I tend to dial down the condition I claim items are in to better reflect what I think they're worth. Even so, the software claims that all it's values will stand up to an IRS audit. Since I've started using it, I think I claim much more of the deduction I'm entitled to and it pays for itself almost immediately. If nothing else, it makes me sit down and actually list all the things I donate instead of just saying "One bag of misc. clothes, $50." You'd be surprised how quickly items add up when you count each thing...

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