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Do you have some old furniture you no longer use or want? You should donate it! You will be surprised to find how easy it is to donate furniture, and even have someone come and pick it up for you! What's more, by donating furniture, you will be helping those in need, and you can even enjoy a tax deduction!
Here are some tips on how to arrange for a furniture donation pickup in your area. I'll guide you through the process of not only finding a local charity that will help you unload unwanted furniture, but also the things you should do to ensure that your furniture is fit for donating, as well as the note-keeping you should do if you want to get a tax deduction for your furniture donation.
Find a Charity That Takes Furniture Donations
The first thing you need to do when looking for someone who does furniture donation pickup is to research local charities that might accept your benevolence.
Perhaps there is a certain cause (e.g., veterans, cancer, the environment, etc.) to which you would like to contribute. In that case, I recommend searching for local organizations involved in those efforts first, then checking to see if they have any sort of donation pickup program.
Once you have found an organization that you like that accepts furniture donations, you will need to schedule a pickup time. Know that usually, furniture donation pickup times are scheduled in blocks (e.g., from 9:00 am to noon on a certain day) and not exact times, and many only run on weekdays, so you must be sure that you will be around for that extended period of time so that someone is present when the pickup service arrives.
Make Sure Your Furniture Is Suitable for Donation
As they say, beggars can't be choosers, but that does not mean that all charities accept all types of furniture donations.
First and foremost, if your furniture is damaged or otherwise unusable, you should not donate it. Used furniture that is clean and still in good condition is obviously acceptable, but if your old furniture is burned, coming apart at the seams, missing a leg, or just about to collapse under its own weight, don't donate it. Also, do not EVER donate an old couch, mattress, or bed that is infested with bedbugs.
Finally, check with the charity to which you want to make your furniture donation to make sure that they accept the type of furniture donation that you want to make. Some charities only accept office furniture; others only want beds or full sets, etc.
Simply check before donating to be sure that your donation will be accepted.
Find the Donation Value of Your Furniture
- How to Find the Value of Donations for Tax Purposes
Here is a great reference guide to help you find the value of the furniture you donate!
Get Your Tax Deduction!
When you make your furniture donation, be sure that you record the value (not initial, mind you) of the furniture you have donated. If the value of any single item you donate is greater than $500, or if the total value of the things you donate exceeds $5,000, you may need to get it appraised officially to verify that value.
When tax season rolls around, you will make note of the value of the donation you have made on Schedule A—this is the part of Form 1040 that allows you to make itemized deductions on donations to charity, as well as things like interest paid, theft losses, and medical expenses. If the entire value of your donations for the year is greater than $500, you will need to fill out IRS Form 8283.
Yes, the paperwork is a hassle, but it is worth the nice tax deduction!
I hope you have found this guide to be helpful. Happy furniture donating!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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