Generosity Pays Off: Charitable Tax Write-Offs

RENO, NV -- It's out with the old and in with the new year. All around town, people are racing to clean out their closets before January to get credit on their 2014 taxes.

Folks at goodwill stores like the Savers in Reno are gearing up to prepare for end-of-year donations. According to its manager, Tim Rider, there has been a large increase in donations in the last few days from people trying to get the tax write-off at the end of the year.

The end of the year marks a new beginning, which means people are making room for a fresh start.

"My wife and I recently cleaned out our garage and shed at home and we brought probably a pickup load of stuff over here and some of my friends do as well. They're a good organization to support," Gary Helmers, a donor, said.

From old clothes to furniture, to stuff laying around their houses, people were dropping off their belongings by the truck-full. It's good news for for Savers, which saw its donations double during the final week of 2013. It makes it easier for people when April 15 rolls around, but a year-end tax benefit isn't the only driving force behind the increase of donations.

"I've been donating here for years and I wouldn't donate to anywhere else," said a Reno woman.

"I probably drop stuff off and go around the front door and haul things out and haul it home, so generally I don't walk in the store without something I want to buy," said Helmers.

All the proceeds benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters and Friends of MS.

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