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Great Benefits From Motor Vehicle Donations

Jul 7, 2008
Buying a new vehicle also means the tedious task of ditching your old one. Selling your vehicle for instance would entail that you advertise, is available at all times to entertain possible buyers and deal with the necessary paperwork. And these tasks are possible only if you do not hold an eight-hour job. But what if you do? Then selling your motor vehicle is simply not an option for you and disappointingly, so is buying a new one. Luckily, motor vehicle donations are an available option aside from selling. Motor vehicle donations are becomingly popular as a means of ditching an old motor vehicle because of its convenience feature.

Motor Vehicle Donations are usually handled by vehicle donations services who act as intermediaries to charitable institutions. Since you will not receive any currency from your motor vehicle donations, the process of donating your vehicle is made convenient and cost-free as possible. If you donate your vehicle, the only things you will have to do are: (1) call the toll-free number of a vehicle donations service and (2) fill-out an application form. There will be no more advertising, entertaining buyers and paperwork for you and this definitely spells convenience compared to selling your car.

Moreover, you do not have to worry about any needed refurbishing of your vehicle. Vehicle donations services accept all kinds of vehicle in any condition. Upon pick-up of your car, the vehicle donations services hands you a receipt in return. They then take the liberty to refurbish the car if they see a need to. After refurbishing, these services may deal with motor vehicle donations in two ways. They either sell the vehicles at auctions or they transfer vehicles in good running condition to charity. The charity then donates it to a needy individual or family or may choose to use it in their operations. If the vehicle is sold, the proceeds likewise are transferred to charity and accordingly used for their causes. Whatever way your donated vehicle is used, you surely help those who are in need.

Even if you do not gain any currency in return for your motor vehicle donations, you still earn some monetary value from it. Motor vehicle donations are tax deductible. The federal government allows tax deductions not exceeding a gross sales amount of $500 (vehicles are usually sold at auctions for $200-$500 only).

In the past, the IRS allowed tax deductions from motor vehicle donations equivalent to the fair market values. However, they found out that the claimed fair market values did not always consider the vehicle's condition. And, individuals used motor vehicle donations only to get large tax breaks. So, the federal tax legislation was revised to allow tax deductions based on the gross sales amount not exceeding $500. And, allow tax deductions equivalent to the fair market value only if (1) improvements were done on the vehicle and (2) if the vehicle is used directly in charitable causes.

Donating old vehicles through motor vehicle donations is definitely fast and convenient. But before you dial the toll-free number of a vehicle donations services, there are several things your must consider. To make sure that your donation goes to charity and your tax deduction is valid, you may also want to check their availability in your locality. Motor vehicle donations can be cost-free but only if the vehicle donations services is available in your locality. If not, you will probably have to spend for your vehicle transfer.
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Moto Vehicle Donations are eligible for fair market value tax deductions under the new tax laws when donated to programs such as that offered by United Society. Donate car to charity at United Society "Motor Vehicle Donations Program".
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