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I donate a lot of non-cash stuff and the IRS is really sticky about it. They ALWAYS audit me and make me do a chart and answer all the questions: when acquired, fair market value when acquired, when donated, etc.

I've just learned to keep the chart as I go through the year.

Also, FWIW, when they've disallowed my deductions, I've often managed to get them to back down by questioning their assessment. In one case, they demanded an itemization and then disallowed it in one fell swoop. So I wrote back and asked them specifically which items they thought were over-estimated? The handkerchiefs at 25 cents, the shirts at $1? After all, I told them, it seems only fair that if you want an itemization from me, you should give me an itemized disallowance.

So I got back a letter and they told me they were allowing everything.

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