Cars for Paws: Donate a Car
Donate your car and show your support of Portage Animal Protective League! Interested in donating your vehicle to an organization you believe in? It’s easy to make a contribution that supports Portage APL!
Itemized Tax Deduction!
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Auto Donation General FAQ
Frequently asked questions about car donations.
What are the benefits of donating my car to Portage Animal Protective League?
We benefit by receiving a cash donations to fund new and existing programs and increase community awareness through local events.
You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, no loss of privacy and possible security risk, and no need to pay for vehicle registration, insurance, and repairs to keep your car in running condition while you wait for a buyer.
Does my car have to be running to donate it?
Do you only accept cars for donation?
Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including boats, motorcycles, trucks, and cars, motor-homes, airplanes, time-shares, and even houses. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 855-500-7433.
How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
What paperwork do I need?
Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car?
For states that require smog certificates of safety inspections, you may donate your vehicle without these documents.
What if I receive legal notices?
Auto Donation Tax FAQ
Answers to your tax-related questions about the Automobile Donation program.
How does the new law effect my tax deduction?
You will receive IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes if the proceeds from the sale exceed $500, stating the amount of the gross proceeds from the sale of the donated vehicle.
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes, you will receive an IRS Form 1098C in the event that the sale of the vehicle exceeds $500. If the vehicle does not exceed $500, the thank you letter that you will receive can used as a tax receipt.
What can I claim as a deduction?
According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donated vehicle exceeds $500, the taxpayer is limited to the gross proceeds of the sale.
An IRS Form 1098-C, “Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes” will be mailed to you within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds received from your car, provided your vehicle sold for more than $500 and you have submitted your social security number. This will be your tax receipt for your charitable contribution.
How is the value determined on the vehicle donated?
The value is determined by the gross proceeds raised from the sale of the donated vehicle.
What if my car is valued over $5,000?
Effective January 1, 2005, you are no longer required to have vehicles appraised. The value you may claim will be the amount of gross proceeds received from your vehicle.