In determining what property to contribute to a charitable organization, it is usually best to contribute appreciated property, i.e., property whose fair market value is higher than its basis in the donor's hands.This is because the appreciation in value of the property is not taxable to the donor even if the full fair market value of the property is deductible for income tax purposes. However, whether the full fair market value is deductible for income tax purposes depends on the type of property contributed.
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