IRS Final Rule Cites the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice:

Washington, DC – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a new rule governing how cash and noncash charitable contributions should be valued. The new rule specifically cites the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of The Appraisal Foundation.

 Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Dollar Sign, 1981. Stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. and the Estate of Andy Warhol stamps and numbered 'PA30.023' (on the reverse), numbered again 'PA30.23' (on the stretcher). Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Estimated value at Christie's Morning Sale, November 2017 was $400,000-600,000. Image: Micaela van Zwoll

Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Dollar Sign, 1981. Stamped twice with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. and the Estate of Andy Warhol stamps and numbered 'PA30.023' (on the reverse), numbered again 'PA30.23' (on the stretcher). Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Estimated value at Christie's Morning Sale, November 2017 was $400,000-600,000. Image: Micaela van Zwoll

Effective July 30, 2018, the new rule, entitled Substantiation and Reporting Requirements for Cash and Noncash Charitable Contribution Deductions, draws specific parameters around the term qualified appraisal. Stated in Section III (B) of the rule, appraisals are to be performed by a qualified appraiser according to the “substance and principles of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice [USPAP] as developed by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.” This clarification pertains to charitable contributions of all property types.

The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board is responsible for the development and promotion of USPAP, which are the generally accepted ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States. Since being recognized by the US Congress in 1989 for real property valuation, USPAP has been widely embraced in numerous landmark court cases in all disciplines of valuation.

President of The Appraisal Foundation David S. Bunton stated, “For the past three decades USPAP has become deeply embedded in our legal and regulatory system. This action by the IRS only underscores its importance and relevance to all valuation issues.”

Those who wish to make charitable contributions of property for tax deduction purposes should ensure that property appraisals for items worth $5,000 or more are performed by qualified professionals in accordance with USPAP. To learn more about USPAP or The Appraisal Foundation, go to https://www.appraisalfoundation.org/imis/TAF/Standards/Appraisal_Standards/Uniform_Standards_of_Professional_Appraisal_Practice/TAF/USPAP.aspx?hkey=a6420a67-dbfa-41b3-9878-fac35923d2af

 

Micaela van Zwoll is a collection management specialist and USPAP compliant appraiser experienced with charitable, insurance, and damage loss appraisals. She can be reached at +1 925.457.5645 or info@micaela.com