With the pandemic disrupting business and restaurant life, you may find yourself with overstock in equipment and products. If you’re a manufacturer, distributor or retailer of restaurant equipment, or an individual who has gone out of business, one of your great ongoing challenges is disposing of surplus inventory. Chances are, you’re discounting, liquidating and auctioning unwanted merchandise—labor-intensive work that yields little profit. Good news: there is a better way, and Giving Center is here to help!
Have you ever considered donating restaurant equipment products to charity? It’s called ‘product philanthropy’ or ‘gifts-in-kind donations.’ It’s faster and easier than the methods you’re currently using. It’s more financially advantageous, too, thanks to a little-known tax break.
Donating Stock to Charity is Tax Deductible
You may never have heard of IRC Section 170(e) (3), but it’s a key piece of tax code. It states that when C Corps donate their inventory to qualified nonprofits, they don’t just receive a tax deduction: they can receive a tax deduction equal to up to twice the cost of the donated products.
Under the tax code, deductions are equal to the cost of the inventory donated, plus half the difference between the cost and fair market-selling price, not to exceed twice the cost.
For example, if your product cost $10 and you sell it in store for $30, the difference is $20. Half of $20 is $10. So, $10 (Product Cost) + $10 (Half the Difference) = $20 Deduction .
$20 does not exceed twice the product cost, so it is does not exceed the maximum allowable deduction. It’s that simple…and advantageous.
Donating Unwanted Stock Is Easy
You don’t have to go hunting for worthy not-for-profits to accept your excess merchandise. A gifts-in-kind organization will do all the work for you. Giving Center is an IRS approved 501(c)3 nonprofit charity organization that operates across the United States. They offer free pickup of your charitable donation and will provide you with the tax paperwork you need!
A gifts-in-kind organization should accept 100% your overstocks, at any time throughout the year. It’s particularly helpful when consolidating a warehouse, transitioning between selling seasons or dealing with a run of returns.
How the Donation Process Works
Your first step is to contact a reputable gifts-in-kind organization and ask how to become a member of its donor network. Typically, you’ll be asked to complete a simple form about your company and its products.
Once you’re accepted, you’re ready to start donating. Make a list of the inventory you want to give, and submit it for approval. Once it’s approved, simply ship it to the designated location. When your merchandise is received, the gifts-in-kind organization will send you tax documentation.
More Benefits to Gifts-in-Kind-Donations
The time you’ll save—and the tax benefits you’ll reap—aren’t the only advantages to making gifts-in-kind donations. You’ll also:
- Protect your brand – Discounting inventory devalues your products and your name, while making corporate donations elevates your brand.
- Enhance employee engagement – Employees like working for companies with heart. Sharing the names of the charities that benefited from your gifts-in-kind donations makes great employee newsletter content that raises morale.
- Keep your inventory current – There’s no reason to hang onto obsolete stock when you have such a simple process for moving it.
- Keep your warehouse uncluttered – Storage space is valuable. Most gifts-in-kind organizations will accept both large and small volume donations at any time, allowing you to better manage your warehouse space.
Most important, your company will offer a helping hand to people in need and the charities that serve them. Your unwanted products can enjoy new life in the hands of those that will put them to very good use. Why discount or liquidate when you can donate?