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We have a Senior Center in a small a ll town I Oregon. It is

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We have a Senior Center in a small a ll town I Oregon. It is a 501(c)(3). For a fund raiser we started a Thrift Shop. We get donations from local members of the community and all workers in the shop are volunteers. We rent the building we run the shop in. I have heard that if a landlord rents a building under the local retail price that they can take a tax break on the amount under the market price. Is this true ?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Stephen G. replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Stephen G. replied 6 months ago.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. Here's a summary of the issue as described from the IRS Publication 526 on Charitable Contributions:

The charitable write-off rules generally don't treat donations of partial property interests, which include leasing your property rent-free or below market rent, to a charity, as a charitable contribution. Typically, charities must own the property as a donation rather than just having a right to use it rent-free or at a reduced rent.

Here's a link to Publication 526 if you would like to investigate the specific rules & requirements on Charitable Contributions, but there is no allowable way for a landlord to take a Charitable Contribution Deduction for renting his property to a charity for less than the fair market rent of the property.

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Expert:  Stephen G. replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Stephen G. replied 5 months ago.


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