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Intellectual Property Donations: American Jobs Creation Act of 2004

Public Law 108-357

26 USC § 170

Under a provision of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, for contributions of patents and certain other intellectual property made to a 501(c)(3) after June 3, 2004 the taxpayer's initial contribution deduction is limited to the lesser of the donor's basis in the contributed property or the FMV of the property.

The donor of intellectual property will be able to claim a second deduction related to the amount of money the charitable organization earned from the property during a certain time period after the donation. Donors would not be able to claim the second deduction if they donated their intellectual property to private foundations. This restriction also applies to private foundations operated by colleges and universities.

Final Rule: Information Returns by Donees Relating to Qualified Intellectual Property Contributions, 73 Fed. Reg. 18709, April 7, 2008. Effective 4/7/08

This document contains final regulations that provide guidance for filing information returns by donees relating to qualified intellectual property contributions. These final regulations reflect changes to the law made in 2004. The regulations affect donees receiving net income from qualified intellectual property contributions made after June 3, 2004. This text contains income tax regulations required under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Section 882(c)(1) of that Act amended section 6050L of the tax code to require donees to make an annual information return that reports qualified donee income for the taxable year if the donor filed timely notice of the donor's intent to treat a charitable contribution as a qualified intellectual property contribution and net income was produced by the donation and the income was received or accrued during a 10 year period beginning on the date of contribution.The donee is absolved of the need to file a return after the expiration of the legal life of the property.

The information required to be reported on the return is as follows:

(1) The name, address, taxable year, and employer identification number of the donee making the information return;
(2) The name, address, and taxpayer identification number of the donor;
(3) A description of the qualified intellectual property in sufficient detail to identify the qualified intellectual property received by such donee;
(4) The date of the contribution to the donee;
(5) The amount of net income of the donee for the taxable year that is properly allocable to the qualified intellectual property (determined without regard to paragraph (10)(B) of section 170(m) and
with the modifications described in paragraphs (5) and (6) of such section); and
(6) Such other information as may be specified by the form or its instructions.

A copy of the return must be furnished to the donor of the property.

A donee is expected to file Form 8899 (Notice of Income from Donated Intellectual Property) by the last day of the first full month following the close of the donee's taxable year to which the net income from the contribution is properly allocable.



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