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Record number of donors expected at Goodwill

Record number of donors expected at Goodwill

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 8:00 pm

As 2012 winds down, Goodwill’s donations team is gearing up for its busiest time — the final six days of the year. During that time last year, donation attendants assisted double the number of donors who ordinarily visit a Goodwill donation site during the course of a week.
Why the rush? Many donors are giving in order to get their last-minute tax receipt. That’s because all items donated to Goodwill before Jan. 1 are deductible on 2012 tax returns.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill.
• Donors who wish to claim a tax deduction should request a receipt from the attendant when they drop off their donations. The IRS allows a deduction for each item, but it is up to the donor to estimate each item’s value.
• Have an inventory of items ready before the trip to Goodwill.
• If a single donation worth more than $500 is given, the donor will need to complete IRS Form 8283.
• If a single donation worth more than $5,000 is given, the donor will need a qualified written appraisal.
• For donors unsure what to donate, Goodwill has compiled a list of items that can and cannot be accepted by Goodwill. The list can be found at by clicking on the donate tab and then looking under FAQs.  
• It helps if donors remove all hangers from clothing.  
There are more than 70 Donations Express Centers located throughout the 46 counties served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. To find the nearest, go to
Because of the generosity of donors, Goodwill’s Career Solutions counselors will provide free job training and placement services to approximately 16,000 clients in 2012. More than 3,100 of those clients have landed a job this year. More than 80 percent of the funds used to deliver Career Solutions are generated through the sales of items donated to Goodwill. There are 20 Career Solutions centers throughout Middle and West Tennessee. To find out what Career Solutions has to offer, visit

Published in The Messenger 12.26.12

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