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    Charity Car Donation - Getting Full Value

    A change in the amount that can be deducted off your Federal taxes for a car or other vehicle has made donating a vehicle to charity a lot more complicated. In order to get the best tax deduction value, it's essential to understand how the tax change works and what steps you need to take so that you can still get the true value of your car's worth to deduct on your taxes.

    To understand why this tax change was implemented, you need to understand what happens when you donate a vehicle to a charity. When you do donate to a charity, rarely does the charity use the donated car in its everyday operations. In most cases, the car is sold at auction to raise money for the charity.

    In the past, no matter what the charity did with the donation, you were able to deduct the fair market value of the vehicle donated. The tax authorities realized that people were donating cars that were in worse than average condition to charities and claiming a fair market value for the make and model. Most people would figure out the fair market value of their car by looking at the blue book value and using that number as that amount to deduct off their taxes. Therefore the tax authorities made a change so that the amount of money that could be deducted for vehicles had to match the amount the vehicle sold for at auction and not its fair market value.

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    This would have little effect except that most vehicles sold at auction for charities sell well below their fair market value. This means that by donating a vehicle to charity now, you're likely yo get a much smaller deduction on your taxes than you were able to get in years before.

    There are ways to still get the fair market value tax deduction when donating your car to a charity. If the charity actually uses the car as part of their charitable activities and doesn't sell it, then you can deduct the fair market value. You are much more likely to find a charity that will do this if they are small or cars and other vehicle are uses as part of their charitable organization such as giving vehicles to those who can't afford them.

    To be sure that your receive a fair market value deduction, get in writing before you make the donation that the vehicle will be used by the charitable organization. Again, smaller charitable organizations may have a greater need for a vehicle to use than the larger charitable organizations that use donated vehicles mainly to sell and raise money.

    If you can not find a charity that will use the vehicle, then it makes sense to sell the car on your own. You are likely to get more than the charity would receive selling the car at auction. You can take whatever money your earned and give it to the charity thus giving both the charity more money and yourself a better tax deduction.

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    Re: Charity Car Donation - Getting Full Value

    Quick Tips for Donating a Vehicle
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    • Make sure the nonprofit organization is reputable by being familiar with its purpose and work in the community. Check with the local Better Business Bureau or similar organization to see if the nonprofit is in good standing.

    • Inquire what percent of the vehicle’s sales go directly to the nonprofit organization.

    • Make sure the tower is licensed and insured and the donated vehicle will be sold through a licensed dealer.

    • Sign the vehicle’s title directly to the nonprofit organization or their certified agent.

    • Ask the nonprofit organization how funds from the donated vehicle will be used.

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      #3
      Car Donation

      Also, compare your car donation options. Check out which car donation site rips you off.

      Be especially careful from sites which give out their proceeds in "gross" values which means they are probably hiding something and they don't want you to know how much of the revenues from the car donation will eventually get to the charity!

      David
      Last edited by jeffrey; 07-07-2009, 03:09 PM.

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        #4
        You might need an appraisal

        Also, if you are you are going to deduct the fair market value of your vehicle on your tax returns on your tax returns and your vehicle is worth more than $5,000, you will need to get an appraisal from a qualified appraiser. All of the details are on the official IRS guide.

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          #5
          Great points everyone. Make sure that the organization is donating at least 70% of the proceeds to the specific charity. Check with BBB.

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            #6
            I assume the charity must release a statement letting you know how much the vehicle went for at auction.

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              #7
              All you need to do is make up your mind to donate your car and we shall do the rest for you to provide you great ease throughout the process. For instance, once you decide to we can serve you with different facilities like free pick up, a receipt of tax and we also perform all the DMV processing as well and we are at your service in any such requirement needed by you at donateforcharity.com
              Once we sell the car or vehicle donated by you, we make sure that seventy to eighty percent of the net proceeds attained after the sale of the car donated by you, directly goes to one of the our best nonprofit client or to the nonprofit clients that you wish to opt for. And the best part of this donating process is that you will be receiving a tax benefit which is a must when it comes to residing in a country like US.

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                DMV processing

                All you need to do is make up your mind to donate your car and we shall do the rest for you to provide you great ease throughout the process. For instance, once you decide to we can serve you with different facilities like free pick up, a receipt of tax and we also perform all the DMV processing as well and we are at your service in any such requirement needed by you at donateforcharity.com
                Once we sell the car or vehicle donated by you, we make sure that seventy to eighty percent of the net proceeds attained after the sale of the car donated by you, directly goes to one of the our best nonprofit client or to the nonprofit clients that you wish to opt for. And the best part of this donating process is that you will be receiving a tax benefit which is a must when it comes to residing in a country like US

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