It’s that time again when you either miss out on a charitable gift gifting deduction on your tax return because you have been too busy to get your act together all year and at year’s end, or you do get your act together and pack up some boxes with gently used clothes and household goods you no longer need and drive down to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill to drop them off.
This year, GIVEBACKBOX.com makes the process easier.
“Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a ‘green’ solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person.”
So, hurry up before the year ends, gather up your boxes from all of you holiday purchases, fill them with things you no longer use or wear that are still in good condition that Goodwill can resell in their shops, and take them to the post office or attach the pre-paid shipping label provided at givebackbox.com to the box and ship as usual through UPS or USPS. Give Back Box will mail them to your local Salvation Army for Goodwill free of charge.
Remember to keep an itemized list of the items and their approximate value, if you plan to claim a deduction for the donations. Goodwill has a handy valuation guide at http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf.
No more excuses. Although, I do like the traditional last minute drive and recently discovered a newly opened Salvation Army a mile from my house so I will go the traditional way, if I get my act together.