Tax deductions for real estate donations

In order to receive a tax deduction, your donation must be made to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Eligible non-profit organizations

  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Educational
  • Testing public safety
  • Sports (limited to certain criteria)
  • Social work (child, women or animal abuse)
  • Community funds
  • An organization that’s made to cooperate or associate exclusively to support the above

Not all charities provide a tax-deductible receipt.

For a real estate donation to be eligible for a tax deduction, it must be made solely for charitable or public purposes by an individual who will itemize their deduction. 

A database of tax-exempt organizations has been set up by the IRS here to help you with your research. Pub 78 data includes all organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

IRS rules for donating real estate

Information the IRS requires when filing your tax return (for real estate donations)

  • Name
  • Address
  • I.D. number of the taxpayer
  • Info about the qualified appraiser
  • A statement that the appraisal was for tax write off purposes
  • And more…

Calculating your tax deduction

If the property is more than $5,000 then you need a qualified appraisal.

It’s important to know whether you are donating:

  • the use of the property
  • the whole property
  • half of the property
  • will the property still reap the reward for you (after donating)?
  • Is it a short-term asset or a long-term asset?
  • and more…

Real estate donation calculator

IRS checklist for donating real estate

  • Is the organization eligible to accept donations?
  • Determine the value of the property.
  • Document checklist:
    • Receipt from charity
    • Section A of Form 8283 was completed and signed by the client.
    • If the donated real estate is worth more than $5,000 then you need:
      • Section B of the Form 8283
      • An appraisal of the property value is attached.

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