Valuation Guide: Determining the Value of Your Donation

Value guide to help you determine the value of your donated items.

Value Guide for Salvation Army Donations

These page will assist you in determining the tax-deductible value of any items you are donating to The Salvation Army. Your qualifying tax deductible donations are resold through our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores through the country and serve to fund our Adult Rehabilitation program.

The Donation Process

When making your donation, you will be required to fill out a form indicating what you are donating and the estimated value of your donation. Please choose a value within this range that is in keeping with your item’s relative age and quality.

A receipt for your items may be obtained in one of three ways:

  1. If you drop off a donation at a local Salvation Army Family Thrift Store or Corps (worship and community center), the clerk or receptionist will be happy to provide you with a receipt.
  2. If your items are dropped off at an unattended Salvation Army drop-box, an itemized list is required to receive a receipt. Your local Salvation Army Corps or Family Thrift Store can have a receipt made out for you once you bring this list to them. Please itemize your donations with the value next to them to claim them for your taxes. Your tax consultant will be the best resource for advice on how to itemize and submit this information.
  3. If you have your donations picked up, the truck driver will provide you with a receipt.

Value Tables

Tax Considerations

New Federal Income tax regulations require donors claiming deductions for charitable contributions consisting of property other than cash worth more than $500 to file Internal Revenue Service Form 8283, Non cash Charitable Contributions. For detail information from the IRS on determine the value of donated property, download the following IRS publication: » Determining the Value of Donated Property (PDF)