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My wife, who is a CPA, responds to this:
 
 
Technically, the donor gets the donation, and the value received for the donation can be the amount deducted (unless the item is way overvalued). The problem happens that the person paying for the item often takes the donation but the person paying for the item is actually getting something in return.
 
When you donate a car nowadays, the amount the car is sold for by the organization is the amount we were able to deduct on the return, and we had to attach the form to the return.
 
 
Cary Ginell
 

> Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:09:05 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Please Donate to the Silent Auction
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Hi, Joe,
> 
> Good question.
> 
> ARSC is a non-profit. For items donated to the silent auction, the usual
> rules apply. 
> 
> It cannot be self-created. ARSC would have to use it for its chartered
> purpose- education- which is NOT fund raising- or retain it for a three year
> holding period, after which that rule no longer applies. I doubt ARSC would
> do that, so the practical answer probably is that, given the way the silent
> auction operates, 
> 
> it is not tax deductible.
> 
> I'm taking the liberty of posting this to the ARSC list.
> 
> Steve
> 
> 
> 
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> Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 2:07 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Please Donate to the Silent Auction
> 
> Brenda,
> 
> Here is a question that you may be able to answer for me, superficially at
> least. It is a tax question, and I understand that you are not a tax wizard,
> but you may have some inkling of an answer.
> 
> If someone donates a record to the ARSC silent auction, is the realized
> price of the item possibly income tax deductible, assuming the prerequisite
> conditions of such are met?
> 
> joe salerno
> 
> 
> On 4/26/2012 9:52 AM, Nelson-Strauss, Brenda wrote:
> > Please consider making a donation to the ARSC Silent Auction, even if you
> are not able to attend the conference. Not only do conference attendees
> eagerly anticipate this annual event, but it is a major fundraiser for ARSC
> and helps to support the conference. Mailing instructions can be found on
> the conference website at http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/auction.html
> Vendors are also encouraged to participate. Books, CDs, vintage 78 rpm& LP
> records, music, memorabilia, audio products and services, and related items
> are all welcome.
> >
> > If you mail donations within the next week they can be sent via Media
> Mail. And of course if you're attending the conference, you can deliver
> your donations to the registration desk.
> >
> > Thank you for supporting ARSC !
> >
> >
> > Brenda Nelson-Strauss
> > ARSC Conference Manager
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> 
> --
> Joe Salerno