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Qualified Appraiser and Appraisal Serving Most of Colorado

Qualified Appraiser and Appraisal Serving Most of Colorado

Qualified Appraiser & Appraisal for Commercial Real Estate Property throughout Colorado

Cody Gale of Colorado Appraisal Consultants is a qualified appraiser and can provide qualified appraisals for a range of commercial real estate property types such as office, retail, industrial/warehouse, multi-family (apartment), land, historical buildings, storage, mobile home/RV parks, special purpose, fast food, restaurant, quick lube/auto-related, green buildingsCRP (Conservation Reserve Program), oil & gas and more. He has experience in AdamsArapahoeBoulderBroomfieldClear CreekDenverDouglasEagle, GarfieldGilpinJeffersonLincolnRouttSummit, and Weld County.

Generally, when an appraisal is need for real property subject to estate tax (income tax), gift tax, or related IRS-dealings, a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser is required.

Qualified Appraiser

For most commercial properties located in our coverage areas, Cody Gale meets the requirements set forth by the IRS for a qualified appraiser. 

According to IRS Publication 561 (4/2007), Determining the Value of Donated Property, a “qualified appraiser” is:

“A qualified appraiser is an individual who meets all the following requirements.

1. The individual either:

a. Has earned an appraisal designation from a recognized professional appraiser organization for demonstrated competency in valuing the type of property being appraised, or

b. Has met certain minimum education and experience requirements. For real property, the appraiser must be licensed or certified for the type of property being appraised in the state in which the property is located. For property other than real property, the appraiser must have successfully completed college or professional-level coursework relevant to the property being valued, must have at least 2 years of experience in the trade or business of buying, selling, or valuing the type of property being valued, and must fully describe in the appraisal his or her qualifying education and experience.

2. The individual regularly prepares appraisals for which he or she is paid.

3. The individual demonstrates verifiable education and experience in valuing the type of property being appraised. To do this, the appraiser can make a declaration in the appraisal that, because of his or her background, experience, education, and membership in professional associations, he or she is qualified to make appraisals of the type of property being valued.

4. The individual has not been prohibited from practicing before the IRS under section 330(c) of title 31 of the United States Code at any time during the 3-year period ending on the date of the appraisal.

5. The individual is not an excluded individual.”

According to this same publication, an “excluded individual” refers to:

“Excluded individuals. The following persons cannot be qualified appraisers with respect to particular property.

1. The donor of the property, or the taxpayer who claims the deduction.

2. The donee of the property.

3. A party to the transaction in which the donor acquired the property being appraised, unless the property is donated within 2 months of the date of acquisition and its appraised value is not more than its acquisition price. This applies to the person who sold, exchanged, or gave the property to the donor, or any person who acted as an agent for the transferor or donor in the transaction.

4. Any person employed by any of the above persons. For example, if the donor acquired a painting from an art dealer, neither the dealer nor persons employed by the dealer can be qualified appraisers for that painting.

5. Any person related under section 267(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to any of the above persons or married to a person related under section 267(b) to any of the above persons.

6. An appraiser who appraises regularly for a person in (1), (2), or (3), and who does not perform a majority of his or her appraisals made during his or her tax year for other persons.

In addition, a person is not a qualified appraiser for a particular donation if the donor had knowledge of facts that would cause a reasonable person to expect the appraiser to falsely overstate the value of the donated property. For example, if the donor and the appraiser make an agreement concerning the amount at which the property will be valued, and the donor knows that amount is more than the FMV of the property, the appraiser is not a qualified appraiser for the donation.”

Qualified Appraisal

When a qualified appraisal is needed for commercial real estate properties located in our coverage areas, whether it is for gift tax, estate tax, or a related use, we can help.

According to IRS Publication 561 (4/2007), Determining the Value of Donated Property, a “qualified appraisal” refers to:

Generally, if the claimed deduction for an item or group of similar items of donated property is more than $5,000, you must get a qualified appraisal made by a qualified appraiser. You must also complete Form 8283, Section B, and attach it to your tax return. 

A qualified appraisal is an appraisal document that:

    • Is made, signed, and dated by a qualified appraiser (defined later) in accordance with generally accepted appraisal standards,
    • Meets the relevant requirements of Regulations section 1.170A-13(c)(3) and Notice 2006-96, 2006-46 I.R.B. 902 (available at,
    • Relates to an appraisal made not earlier than 60 days before the date of contribution of the appraised property,
    • Does not involve a prohibited appraisal fee, and
    • Includes certain information (covered later).

    You must receive the qualified appraisal before the due date, including extensions, of the return on which a charitable contribution deduction is first claimed for the donated property. If the deduction is first claimed on an amended return, the qualified appraisal must be received before the date on which the amended return is filed.

    Form 8283, Section B, must be attached to your tax return. Generally, you do not need to attach the qualified appraisal itself, but you should keep a copy as long as it may be relevant under the tax law. There are four exceptions.

      • If you claim a deduction of $20,000 or more for donations of art, you must attach a complete copy of the appraisal. See Paintings, Antiques, and Other Objects of Art, earlier.
      • If you claim a deduction of more than $500,000 for a donation of property, you must attach the appraisal. See Deductions of More Than $500,000, earlier.
      • If you claim a deduction of more than $500 for an article of clothing, or a household item, that is not in good used condition or better, that you donated after August 17, 2006, you must attach the appraisal. See Deduction over $500 for certain clothing or household items, earlier.
      • If you claim a deduction in a tax year beginning after August 17, 2006, for an easement or other restriction on the exterior of a building in a historic district, you must attach the appraisal. See Building in registered historic district, earlier.

       Prohibited appraisal fee.   Generally, no part of the fee arrangement for a qualified appraisal can be based on a percentage of the appraised value of the property. If a fee arrangement is based on what is allowed as a deduction, after Internal Revenue Service examination or otherwise, it is treated as a fee based on a percentage of appraised value. However, appraisals are not disqualified when an otherwise prohibited fee is paid to a generally recognized association that regulates appraisers if:

      • The association is not organized for profit and no part of its net earnings benefits any private shareholder or individual,
      • The appraiser does not receive any compensation from the association or any other persons for making the appraisal, and
      • The fee arrangement is not based in whole or in part on the amount of the appraised value that is allowed as a deduction after an Internal Revenue Service examination or otherwise.
      Information included in qualified appraisal.   A qualified appraisal must include the following information:

      1. A description of the property in sufficient detail for a person who is not generally familiar with the type of property to determine that the property appraised is the property that was (or will be) contributed,
      2. The physical condition of any tangible property,
      3. The date (or expected date) of contribution,
      4. The terms of any agreement or understanding entered into (or expected to be entered into) by or on behalf of the donor that relates to the use, sale, or other disposition of the donated property, including, for example, the terms of any agreement or understanding that:
        1. Temporarily or permanently restricts a donee’s right to use or dispose of the donated property,
        2. Earmarks donated property for a particular use, or
        3. Reserves to, or confers upon, anyone (other than a donee organization or an organization participating with a donee organization in cooperative fundraising) any right to the income from the donated property or to the possession of the property, including the right to vote donated securities, to acquire the property by purchase or otherwise, or to designate the person having the income, possession, or right to acquire the property,
      5. The name, address, and taxpayer identification number of the qualified appraiser and, if the appraiser is a partner, an employee, or an independent contractor engaged by a person other than the donor, the name, address, and taxpayer identification number of the partnership or the person who employs or engages the appraiser,
      6. The qualifications of the qualified appraiser who signs the appraisal, including the appraiser’s background, experience, education, and any membership in professional appraisal associations,
      7. A statement that the appraisal was prepared for income tax purposes,
      8. The date (or dates) on which the property was valued,
      9. The appraised FMV on the date (or expected date) of contribution,
      10. The method of valuation used to determine FMV, such as the income approach, the comparable sales or market data approach, or the replacement cost less depreciation approach, and
      11. The specific basis for the valuation, such as any specific comparable sales transaction.”

      Order a Qualified Appraisal from a Qualified Appraiser

      To order a qualified appraisal from a qualified appraiser, please use this qualified appraisal pricing request form. Please be sure to include the exact effective date of value  needed. For immediate assistance, please call 720-315-2530.