Tax Deductions

We’ll pick up your donations at your doorstep for free. You don’t even have to be home. Our professional and helpful drivers will leave a Tax Deduction receipt for you when they collect your donations.


Recognized 501(C)(19) Charitable Organization accepts your donations on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The VVA is a Government Certified Charitable Organization under section 501(c) 19 of the Internal Revenue code. As such, the VVA is fully authorized by the IRS and the US Government to issue official Tax Deduction receipts that are left for you at your pickup.

Tax Deduction Guidelines

Here are the general guidelines for donations of household goods and clothing to the Vietnam Veterans of America. These guidelines are based on information obtained from the Internal Revenue Code and other sources (appropriate citations of IRS and Treasury Department documents are in parentheses). As with any tax-related information, an individual donor should always consult a tax professional to resolve questions regarding their particular donation. Please consult IRS Form 8283.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Congressionally Chartered Tax-exempt Charity#: 13-2929110

If an individual donates property, they may deduct the property’s fair market value at the time of the donation, subject to the statutory limitations on such donations. Fair market value is defined as the price at which the property would change hands between a willing seller and a willing buyer. For property, it is generally held that fair market value is the price at which the item or a comparable item would be sold at retail (IRS Rev. Proc. 65-19, 1965-2 CB 1002). Further, the fair market value of used clothing and household items is the price that buyers of used items actually pay in used clothing stores (Treasury Department booklet, Your Federal Income Tax, 1993 edition, p.186).

It is the donor’s responsibility to determine the value of donated items.

  • If the donation is $250 or more, but does not exceed $500, a written acknowledgment of the donation must be provided by the donee. In the case of VVA, the donation receipt fulfills this obligation.
  • If the donation is over $500, but does not exceed $5,000, the donor must complete IRS form 8283, Non-cash Charitable Contributions, Part A only. They should file this form with their tax return.
  • If the donation is over $5,000, the donor must complete IRS form 8283 and send it to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD, 20910. The VVA Washington Office will complete section B, part IV, and return the completed form to the donor. The donor should retain the form to file with their tax return for the tax year in which the donation was made. Obviously, the donor should send the form to the VVA Washington Office as soon as possible after the donation is made in order to allow sufficient time for VVA to process and return the form in time for the donor to file their taxes. In addition, an appraisal performed by a qualified appraiser may be required.

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Your generous donations of clothing and other household goods make a big difference in the lives of America's Veterans and their families. The items you donate generate the majority of the funding to support local, state, and national programs of the Vietnam Veterans of America.