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December 28, 2013

Donate to Goodwill by Dec. 31 to receive year-end tax deduction

Central Indiana residents looking for a deduction on their 2013 taxes should donate gently used clothes and household items to Goodwill by Dec. 31.

“This is a great time to donate,” Eric Schlegel, Goodwill vice president of retail operations, said in a press release. “Donating helps you clear out the clutter and make room for your holiday gifts, and it also helps support the education and employment opportunities we provide to thousands of Hoosiers. It’s all thanks to your donations.”

In addition to accepting donations of clothes, toys, books, household goods and vehicles, Goodwill is certified to handle donations of electronics, which often contain lead, mercury and other hazardous materials. There is no fee to donate these items, regardless of their condition. Electronics, lighting, wiring, and other electric devices that don’t work or don’t sell are recycled. Computers are never sold in stores, they’re recycled through a partnership with Dell.

“If you got a new iPad this year and you’re ready to get rid of your old desktop, donate it to Goodwill,” Schlegel said. “And those tangled Christmas lights? You can donate them, too.”

Members of Goodwill Rewards loyalty program for shoppers and donors can track their donations online, making it easier to claim tax deductions. If they haven’t already done so, donors should register an e-mail address at gwrewards.com/email.

“While our Rewards members enjoy certain benefits without registering, in order to receive alerts on upcoming rewards and itemize their donations online, they do need to add an email address,” Schlegel said.

For more information or to find a list of Goodwill’s more than 50 central Indiana locations, visit the website at goodwillindy.org/locations. Central Indiana Goodwill stores are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 29, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 30, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

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