Many people who have junk or wrecked cars decide to donate it to charity because of the tax advantages and the ease. This article explains some of the benefits to donating your car versus selling it.
Many times you tend to take help of the intermediary firms to donate cars probably because you have shortage of time, and then make a mathematical calculation. At least ask the organization about how much they pay to the charity from the selling of the donated car. If the answer is about flat $100 on used and old car regardless of the price of the car or about $2,000 per month, then your donation is not eligible for the tax rebate and deduction.
The one major piece of advice that should be done before donating their automobile, recreational vehicle, or truck is to shop around. There are many companies that have variable donation rates or figures. Donating something as significant as a motor vehicle could potentially generate significant money; unfortunately, there are companies out there that will entice both charities and individuals into donating vehicles, and low-balling the bottom figures for both other parties.
You have to know where to donate your car because there are many car brokers out there and some are just looking to make a buck out of unsuspecting donors. A little research should be done on the organization that you are thinking of donating your car to.
The best reason for you to donate your junk car is, it becomes a handy tax write off. You just need to obtain a receipt for it, to show that it went to a good cause, and your CPA will see that you get credit for it when tax season comes around.
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.