In the July 2005 issue of Horse & Rider we explored various options for horse donations. Can you expect a tax write off if you donate your horse? Keep these tips in mind as you explore options for donating your horse.
- Get advice from an accountant before claiming a tax deduction for your horse.
- Be sure the organization qualifies as a charity under IRS guidelines.
- IRS regulations generally allow you to deduct "fair market value"--the price your horse would fetch on the day you make the donation. If you are donating an aged, foundered horse to a rescue group, for example, you will not be able to claim the price you paid when he was a 4-year-old show champion.
- Most nonprofits let the donor determine the fair market value of the horse.
- If the value is more than $500, you'll need to file IRS form 8283 with your tax return to claim the deduction.
- If the value is more than $5,000, you will need to support the claim with a written appraisal by a qualified independent expert, such as an experienced professional trainer. Have two appraisals, in case the IRS disallows one.