... and charitable organizations make the 2008 list.
The IRS listed the misuse of charitable organizations as one of the 12 most egregious tax scams by taxpayers. Abuse by donors who try to maintain control over donated assets or income from donated assets is just one example. Taxpayers are also claiming overvalued property donations for a larger deduction. Finally, taxpayers are disguising private tuition payments as contributions to charitable or religious organizations.
This information is good to keep in mind. We all like to think that our donors have the best intentions but the IRS is saying that these scams are happening on a large scale basis. If you have someone who wants to control how their donation is used, you should know that the donation is considered a donor advised fund and is subject to strict rules.
Noncash contributions also have certain requirements. Individuals are required to file a form 8283 for noncash donations over $500. A form 8282 is generally required to be completed by the charitable organization (aka you) to report dispositions of certain charitable property made within 3 years after the donor contributed the property. Yes, I did say 3 years. Certain charitable property is any donated property other than money and publicly traded securities over $5,000.
Remember there are usually exceptions to the rules but I have listed the general rules.
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