How to Make Tax Claim for Salvation Army When You Lose Your Receipt

Donating your gently used furniture, clothing or household items, or making a cash donation to the Salvation Army helps support the organization and earns you a tax deduction. You must itemize to take advantage of this deduction, and The IRS requires you to have a receipt to back up your donation in the event of an audit. If you lose your receipt, don't despair. You can assemble other proof of your donation.

Step 1

Review your bank or credit card statements if you made a monetary donation via check or credit card. The IRS accepts canceled checks or credit card statements as proof of a donation, as long as the statement or check shows the amount of the donation, to whom it was made and the date. If you donated via text message, review your telephone bill, which should show your donation.

Step 2

Write out a list of goods you donated to the Salvation Army. Beside each item, list your estimate of the item's value. The IRS suggests you use prices of similar items at local thrift stores to estimate the value of your donations. The Salvation Army provides an online guide of suggested valuations for commonly donated items. If you know the date you donated the items, list this also.

Step 3

Contact the Salvation Army if you made a donation of cash or goods worth more than $250. Explain you've lost your receipt and ask for a new receipt. The office may be able to review their records and issue you a new receipt. Often charities such as the Salvation Army send thank you notes and keep a database of donors, which they can access to verify your donation.

Tip

The IRS does not require written verification for nonmonetary donations of less than $250. Your written and dated list of the items you donated will suffice as your record, as long as the items are worth less than $250. The IRS recognizes that in some instances, such as when you leave items at a charity's unattended dropbox, it isn't practical to obtain a receipt.

Things You'll Need

  • Bank statements

  • Credit card statements

  • Telephone bill

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