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What to Consider When Making a Used Car Donation

Aug 17, 2007
Making a used car donation can help many people. If someone died or moved and they don't want their car anymore, donating it is a great way to give back to the community while disposing of the vehicle.

Many used car donation services will pick up the used car for free and take it to the charity. Check your local telephone directory for such services and also search the internet. These services are not in many small towns yet but most large cities can coordinate the deal for you.

It is important to check with the IRS before making a used car donation. There are a few forms that will need to be filled out. The web site can also give an estimate as to the car's worth.

The number will probably be different from its blue book value, so be sure to check the web site out before giving the car away. In some states, a tax break will only be given if the car is donated to a nationally recognized charity.

A complete list is available on the web site. Filling out the forms incorrectly could result in not getting the tax break. Once the paperwork has been filled out, get a receipt from the charity the car was donated to. This is the proof that will be necessary when claiming a charitable donation on a tax return. The IRS web site will provide all the information to donate the car and get a tax break.

Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the forms, procedures and tax breaks. Donating a car can be a real joy to both the former owner and the charity.

Giving to a charity is a great way to help people in the community who are down on their luck. Donating items such as cars can greatly contribute to their well-being because the more vehicles a charity has, the faster they can get to people who need help. There are many charities that offer car services to the store or to the doctor.

Making a used car donation will not only yield a tax credit, it will make someone else's life a little easier. Knowing that a person has made a difference is a good feeling.

You should always help your fellow man. It will come back to you many times over! I myself have experienced it and can not say enough about the way it makes me feel when I help those in need.
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Keith Londrie II is the Webmaster of http://www.car-donation-programs.info/ A website that specializes in providing information on Car donation programs that you can research on the internet. Please Visit http://www.car-donation-programs.info/ now!
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