Christian Financial Advice and Biblical Stewardship

How to Get Money for Your Used Clothing

  • 2009 21 Sep
How to Get Money for Your Used Clothing

Think back to earlier this year, when you were scrambling to file your federal income tax return. You were frustrated because you knew that, during the tax year, you had donated bags of clothing and household items to local charities and those donations might be tax deductible. But how much were they worth? And what if you couldn't remember exactly what you had donated? More than a few of my readers gave up and didn't take any deductions at all because they were unsure of exactly how much to claim. This year, you can avoid all of that last minute scrambling and estimating, but you need to start now.

When you itemize your tax return, you are allowed to deduct the fair market value of the items you donate to charity. How much you should deduct becomes the sticking point. If you overstate the value, you risk an audit, penalties and interest. If you under-estimate, you pay more taxes than you should. The secret is to determine each and every tax deduction to which you are entitled. Then, take those deductions to make sure you are paying only the taxes you are required to pay, and not one cent more.

The solution for the problem is Money For Your Used Clothing, Tax Year 2009, a 64-page booklet that provides uncertain taxpayers with certified valuations for over 750 clothing and household items commonly donated to charity, all in accordance with the latest IRS guidelines. This is a comprehensive guide to valuing your non-cash charitable contributions. The booklet also serves as a workbook, with space to record what you donate and instructions for how to document your donations properly. It even provides a place to keep your donation receipts.

Every year, this booklet is revised and updated to reflect the current year's values. If you itemize your deductions on your federal income tax return, you will save hundreds of dollars in taxes by using certified used clothing values.

I have personally relied on CPA William Lewis (author of this booklet) to help me assign market values to the items my husband and I donate to charities during the year. We can document that we have been able to deduct thousands from our tax returns over the years. Every year, we donate books and magazines to our local public library, all of which are deductible. Clothing and household goods that are in good condition are deductible, as well.

Believe me, if you itemize, what you spend on this booklet will be the best money that you spend this year because you will save at least ten times as much on your taxes, or we will refund every penny of the booklet's purchase price.

September 21, 2009

The cover price of Money For Your Used Clothing, Tax Year 2009 is $25. However, we have arranged for a discounted price of just $20 for Everyday Cheapskate readers. Order online at (click on "Bookstore") or call 1-800-550-3502, M through F., 8:30 to 5 Pacific time.

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