SOURCE: NCJW

NCJW

September 09, 2009 09:00 ET

Council Thrift Shops, a Program of the National Council of Jewish Women in Los Angeles, Recognized for Best "Thrift Shop Appraisal" in the BESTOFLA®2009 by Los Angeles Magazine

Itemized Tax-Deductible Receipts Based on IRS Rulings Enable Donors to Maximize Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions, Simplifying the Process of Charitable Giving

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2009) - Council Thrift Shops a program of the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles Section (NCJW/LA) was recognized in Los Angeles Magazine's BESTOFLA®2009 as providing the best "Thrift Shop Appraisal." NCJW/LA's Council Thrift Shops achieved acclaim for providing itemized tax-deductible receipts based on the IRS rulings related to the salability of donations, one of the only charities in Los Angeles to do so. The accuracy of these receipts provides donors with peace of mind, and virtually eliminates the risk of assigning a value to non-cash contributions.

"In our unique economic climate, it is essential we continue to attract additional donations to meet the growing numbers of those in need in our communities and that donors realize the maximum value for their contributions," said Hillary Selvin, Executive Director of NCJW/LA. "Our Council Thrift Shops are the primary source of funding for the wide-reaching programs and services we offer that can change the lives of thousands of women, children and families throughout the Los Angeles Community."

NCJW/LA's eight Council Thrift Shops (http://www.ncjwla.org/council_thrift_shops/locations.php) serve residents throughout Los Angeles County. On an annual basis, the Council Thrift Shops give away more than 30,000 items to 2,000 needy individuals through the 20 social services agencies that partner with NCJW/LA at its Annual Clothing Giveaway. In addition, donations to the Council Thrift Shops enable NCJW/LA to provide these agencies, as well as its own clients, with free clothing vouchers that can be used by individuals who may be returning to the workforce or who need back-to-school clothing for their children. Maintaining these services requires more than 50,000 donations annually.

"Current tax laws require non-cash contributions to be in 'good used condition or better,' but fail to define the term, putting the burden on the taxpayer to be sure every donation will stand up to IRS scrutiny. In addition, donors must be able to substantiate the fair market value of the goods or property donated," said David Chaskes, managing partner, and CPA, in the accounting firm of Chaskes Kazdoy, LLP. "With NCJW/LA's diligence in providing detailed receipts where they assign the fair market value to the donated property, I advise my clients that making a non-cash contribution to NCJW/LA is a donation to a good cause and also very tax wise."

The Council Thrift Shops are continually seeking donations including common household items, clothing, kitchen appliances, home and office furniture, home entertainment and accessories, jewelry, cars and miscellaneous goods. A complete list of items accepted can be found online at http://www.ncjwla.org/downloads/Donation_Guidelines_WHAT_WE_ACCEPT.pdf. NCJW/LA Council Thrift Shops will arrange free pick-up of goods based on a minimum donation. To donate or to arrange a pick-up, call 323-655-3111 or 800-400-6259 or visit http://www.ncjwla.org/users/forms/pick_up_form.php.

About NCJW/LA

For 100 years, the Los Angeles Section of the National Council of Jewish Women has leveraged its collective power to provide vital community services and advocacy that enable women, children and families to build healthy and productive lives. NCJW is a 501(c)(3) volunteer grassroots organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families and to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all through its network of 90,000 members, supporters, and volunteers nationwide. NCJW/LA's efforts are executed through programs consisting of Advocacy for individual rights issues, reproductive freedom and child welfare; Women Helping Women Community Counseling & Services; Women Helping Children Art and Literacy Programs for Youth and Council Thrift Shops, whose proceeds benefit the many community services that NCJW/LA programs provide. For more information, contact NCJW/LA at (323) 651-2930, via email at info@ncjwla.org, or visit the website at www.ncjwla.org.

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