Nora Springs, IA asked in Tax Law for Iowa

Q: Donation Receipts for New Type of eBay Charity Donation

I wanted to establish a new type of charity sale. A seller would list items for sale and upon purchase the seller would deliver them to a charity designated within the listing. The seller would obtain a drop-off receipt from the charity and mail or message a copy to the buyer to use for their taxes. Unlike eBay's other chairty auctions the buyer would not obtain any benefit from the goods thus the entire purchase could be deducted.

Charities such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army typically only provide a small generic receipt. I feel I need something more substantial to send to the buyer. I want to include images and text descriptions of the items on a series of stapled pages and have the charity sign one or these instead.

I don't want to simply print copies of my eBay listings as these contain unwanted content such as eBay banner ads and my eBay I.D. Any format and wording suggestions?

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A: You are not asking general legal questions; you are seeking about $2,000 worth of free professional legal advice regarding the establishment of what appears to be a workable idea--if a lawyer is involved from the get-go. Suggest you hire a good lawyer and invest in their advice--before you make a serious mistake and get wiped out.

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