tax benefits of donation?
Thomas G. Lammers
lammers at UWOSH.EDU
Mon Feb 14 08:38:32 CST 2005
At 08:16 AM 2/14/2005, Gregory Zolnerowich wrote:
>I have an alum who wants to donate a few thousand insect specimens to
>our collection. He's interested in any potential tax benefits. I
>don't want to be his tax advisor, and recall a fellow from the IRS
>who addressed the issue of declaring a value of donated specimens for
>tax purposes at an Entomological Collections Network meeting some
>years ago. He wasn't very keen on assigning value to specimens.
We recently were the beneficiary of a gift-in-kind of an alum's personal
herbarium -- about 8600 very nice specimens of professional quality and
above average interest.
I believe what the IRS requires is an independent assessment of value. As
the recipient of the gift, you *cannot* be involved in appraising it;
that's a conflict of interest. All I did was provide here with names and
contact info of about 10 professional herbarium curators. She contacted
one or more and arranged for an appraisal, which, I assume, satisfied the
Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA
e-mail: lammers at uwosh.edu
Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.
"Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that stood his ground."
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