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IRS Rules for Donating Computer Equipment

Computers with Causes takes the guesswork out of the whole Computer Donation process by offering easy to understand and useful information throughout this website. Below we have written the most common questions we have answered over the years relating to computer donations and Tax Deductions. Computer with Causes accepts a wide variety of computer equipment and will place useful equipment through the multitude of educational environments and charitable causes we support throughout the United States and abroad. 


What are the tax benefits for donations by individuals?

What are the tax benefits to corporate donors?

The IRS code provides for a tax deduction for property donated to a charitable organization such as Computers with Causes under applicable rules and regulations. For Corporate donors, tax deductions are usually limited to the amount of the donor's tax basis in the property contributed (Exceptions may apply, consult your tax advisor). The donation letter provided to you by Computers with Causes will reflect the year in which our organization receives the equipment. Warehousing and shipping costs are also tax deductible under applicable rules and regulations.

Am I eligible for a tax break if I donate my computer or electronic gadgets?

Yes, if you donate it to a library, school, or a nonprofit program such as Computers with Causes. The tax laws pertaining to this are Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code, the New Millennium Classrooms Act, and the 21st Century Classrooms Act. Business donors can deduct the un-depreciated value of the computer, and individuals can deduct the current market value of a computer.
Example: A computer and related software with a purchase price of $3,000, valued at $1000 at time of contribution, receives a $1000 deduction on Schedule A. A written receipt must be received and Form 8283 should be attached to returns. The tax receipt that we provide will have your name on it, the name and identifying number of computers with causes, and the model and type of equipment donated. We are not authorized to appraise the value of the equipment. You are responsible for the determination of the value of your donated equipment.

What are the special benefits to corporate Donors for donations of inventory?

Under Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code, corporations that donate inventory (i.e. Property sold in the normal course of business) to certain charitable organizations, may receive an additional tax benefit. Section 170(e)(3) provides a deduction for corporate contributions of inventory as much as twice the donor's adjusted basis in the property.

The charitable deduction for contributions of inventory (from a C corporation) will be the total of the donor's tax basis in the donated inventory plus one-half of the difference between the inventory tax basis and its fair market value. This is limited to 200% of the inventory tax basis plus any incidental costs (i.e., shipping, warehousing) associated with donating the inventory. If the fair market value of inventory is less than the donor's tax basis in the donated inventory then the charitable deduction should be equal to the fair market value. *Consult your tax advisor for consideration of this option..

I'm not a Corporate donor, can I still help?

Yes! In fact, individual donors like you are what allow us to help so many people all over the country. Computers with Causes provides tax deductions based on fair market value for individual donors as well as large companies. Shipping costs are also tax deductible under applicable rules and regulations.

Can my non-working computers serve as training tools for students?

Sometimes, Yes. Your charitable donation to Computers with Causes may have useful components inside and end up in a school lab or community technology center somewhere in the community. Computers with Causes shall dispose and recycle all obsolete and non-viable equipment utilizing a “zero landfill” procedure in which items are de-assembled to their component level (circuit board, glass, metal, plastic) for recycling and re-use.

What Types of Computers, Electronics and Gadgets can I Donate?

A list of common donated items might include: PC Desktop computers, laptops, servers, workstations, tablets, notebooks, 3D printers, routers, Drones, Robotics, Digital Cameras, Car and Boat electronics, VR equipment, medical electronics, machinery, gps units, video game consoles and even VR headsets. The sky is the limit when it comes to donating computers and gadgets. Just complete the form here: Donate Computers and let us know what you want to donate.

Is Computers with causes listed as a registered 501(C)3?

Giving Center is the registered 501(C)3 IRS approved charitable organization that owns and operates Computers with Causes. Giving Center accepts a variety of donations through a network of websites and innovative fundraising techniques - this being one of them. Giving Center EIN# 46-1883892 is a nationwide 501(c) not for profit charitable organization that serves to help a wide range of causes nationwide with a focus on education and the ultimate improvement of the lives of those less fortunate with aid in the form of financial assistance, endowments, computers, educational assistance and more.

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