Car Donations


The IRS reminds taxpayers that the rules for taking a tax deduction for donating cars to charities have changed this year. The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 has altered the rules for the contribution of used motor vehicles, boats and planes after Dec. 31, 2004. Starting then, if the claimed value of the donated motor vehicle, boat or plane exceeds $500 and the item is sold by the charitable organization, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds from the sale.

Last year, however, the new rules did not apply. Under the rules in effect for this year, taxpayers are able to deduct the fair market value of the contributed property.

People who want to take a deduction for the donation of their vehicle on their tax return should take quite a few steps, but here is the most obvious:


Check that the Organization is Qualified.

Taxpayers must make certain that they contribute their car to an eligible organization; otherwise, their donation will not be tax deductible. Taxpayers can search Publication 78 online to check that an organization is qualified. Publication 78 is an annual, cumulative list of most organizations that are qualified to receive deductible contributions.

Publication 78 is also available in many public libraries. In addition, taxpayers can call IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entities Customer Service at 1-877-829-5500. Be sure to have the organization’s correct name and its headquarters location, if possible. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and governments are not required to apply for this exemption in order to be qualified.  Please contact us if you’re considering a car donation for your tax return!

 

 

 


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