You might think that the only things that you can possibly get out of donating junk cars is clearing some space in your yard, and giving the local pest population one less nesting spot. While these are both true and completely valid reasons for donating junk cars, they are by no means the only reasons there are. For one thing, you can actually get a deduction off of your taxes, just for donating that old automobile of yours.
You can donate trucks, motorcycles, RVs, old cars, junk cars, even cars that have been in accidents. Before determining where to give your car, you need to understand the process first. The first step is calling the donation center. Here you will give the basic information about your car and they will give you an idea if your vehicle is donation worthy or not.
If the donation company wants your vehicle they will pay for towing and all the expenses for the transfer of ownership. This is the great thing about donating your car to charity, because they will remove it for you and take care of the paperwork. The bonus is that if your charity is not for profit then you can get a tax deduction for your vehicle. Ask the person over the phone if they are a 5013c company. If they say yes then ask if they give tax receipts.
When donating your vehicle, you need to consider these points
- You can get a tax reduction for donating your vehicle
- You have to ensure the charity you are making a donation to is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization or else you cannot claim your tax reduction
- Laws regarding transfer of automobile titles are different for each state
As soon as you get your vehicle donated to a charitable organization, they will provide you with a receipt of the auto donation. This receipt is very useful for tax deduction purposes. Moreover, the organization will ensure that the vehicle is collected. These charities send in their volunteers for picking up the vehicle from wherever place you require. It is important that you are holding the title of the car at the time of donation. If this is not so, make sure you obtain a copy from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Choosing where to donate your car is also very helpful when it comes to tax deductions. When selecting your donation of choice make sure that all the required details are logged and you leave with the appropriate paperwork. Like the name and address of the charity organization, particular date of contribution, full details of the car, a document from the charitable organization and more importantly a copy of the title transfer. The reason for all this documentation is because you want to end the car insurance to cut down the costs.