Charitable Donation Frequently Asked Questions
Can you get a tax deduction for donating artwork to a nonprofit?

Yes, Non-Cash Charitable Donations are qualified for a Fair Market Value tax deduction. Artworks valued over $5,000 require a qualified Appraisal Report and accompanying IRS 8283 form.subject to specific development and reporting requirements.

When should I request my appraisal for my charitable donation of art?
The Appraisal Report may be issued up to 60 days ahead of the ratification date of the donation, or anytime after the transfer of property, before the tax filing deadline. The Effective Date of the Appraisal Report is the date of the transfer of property.
Are comparable sales required in appraisal reports submitted to the IRS?
Artworks with value in excess of $50,000 USD require three comparable sales to be included in the report. However, in order to be thorough Appraisal Bureau normally includes comparable sales for lower valued works as well.
What is an 8283?
The IRS 8283 form must be completed by the Appraiser who signed the Appraisal Report, and additionally acknowledged by the donee.
What happens if the museum sells the artwork I donated?

If sold within three years of the date of the transfer of property, the donee must file an 8282 to the IRS, in which case the tax deductions are not honored.

If I donate an artwork within the same year that I bought it, do I get a tax deduction?
Appreciated values are not honored in this case – the deduction amount is purchase price.
What type of value is used for charitable donation?
Fair Market Value, which relies on the most appropriate marketplace to reflect the amount at which the artwork would trade in an open market with a willing buyer and willing seller. This may be auction, gallery retail, private sale – or a combination thereof.
What if I donated artworks to a museum, but did not file for a tax deduction?
It is possible to file retroactively, with the Effective Date matching the original ratification date.
How do I donate artwork to a museum or charity?
Reach out to Museum Exchange! Or ask us for more details.