How to donate TV sets

Updated March 23, 2017

The typical consumer uses a television set for an average of two years before upgrading to a newer model. These unwanted electronics take up space in land fills and pollute the environment with hazardous materials. If you have an unwanted television, rather than disposing of it, donate it to someone who needs it. When you donate your television to a worthy charity, your community benefits from the prevention of harmful waste and the provision of expensive electronics to those in need.

Make sure your television is in working condition. Most donation centres do not have the resources to repair non-working merchandise, nor do they have the shelf space to store items unsuitable for resale. If your set doesn't work, it's best to find an electronics recycling centre to properly dispose of it.

Gather together any accessories. If your television came with any extra components such as a remote or antennae, include them with your donation.

Locate the charity of your choice. There are likely many organisations in your community that would happily receive your television. Churches, synagogues, women's shelters, low income schools and donation centres like The Salvation Army and Goodwill are all possibilities. Check with the Better Business Bureau for reputable charities in your area. If you hope to write your donation off as a tax deduction, make sure your charity is an IRS 501 (c) approved organisation. The IRS Publication 78 has information on qualifying charitable organisations.

Contact your chosen charity and arrange for a drop off. Larger organisations like Goodwill have specific drop off locations that do not require an appointment. They also may have the capability to pick up your donation.

Request a receipt. If you intend to list your donation as a right of on your taxes, ask the charity for a receipt estimating the value of your television. When filing your taxes, claim your deduction on Schedule A of your 1040 form.

Things You'll Need

  • Used television set
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