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Real Estate Donations

C/O Restoration America
86 N. Williams St.
Crystal Lake, IL
1-847-783-0232 Office
1-224-293-6110 FAX

Contact Real Estate Donations to Find out how We will pay you 4.5% annually on your property donation. To find out if donating real estate is right for you, click here to learn more about the tax benefits.
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Tax Publications and FAQs

All links will open in a new window: Topic 506 – Charitable Contributions Charitable contributions are deductible only if you itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A. To be deductible, charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations. Payments to individuals are never deductible. See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. Continue here for IRS rules


Publication 526 Contributions You Can Deduct Generally, you can deduct your contributions of money or property that you make to, or for the use of, a qualified organization. A gift or contribution is “for the use of” a qualified organization when it is held in a legally enforceable trust for the qualified organization or in a similar legal arrangement. Continue here for IRS rules

Property Contributions If you contribute property to a qualified organization, the amount of your charitable contribution is generally the fair market value of the property at the time of the contribution. However, if the property has increased in value, you may have to make some adjustments to the amount of your deduction. See Giving Property That Has Increased in Value, later. Continue here for IRS rules

Donation Value Because each piece of real estate is unique and its valuation is complicated, a detailed appraisal by a professional appraiser is necessary. Continue here for IRS rules

Fair Market Value Fair market value (FMV) is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. If you put a restriction on the use of property you donate, the FMV must reflect that restriction. Continue here for IRS rules

Appraisals Appraisals are not necessary for items of property for which you claim a deduction of $5,000 or less. (There is one exception, described next, for certain clothing and household items.) However, you generally will need an appraisal for donated property for which you claim a deduction of more than $5,000. Continue here for IRS rules