How to Donate Your Car to Charity.

In citiesacross the U.

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, public transportation is unreliable.

For people without cars, thatcan mean no access to work, school, or other locations.

Donating your car can be a wonderfulway to help someone improve their situation.

You will need Car Internet access IRS Publication78 Telephone Used-car buying guide and irs publications and forms.

Step 1.

Research charitiesthat accept car donations.

Make sure you do some leg work to find a reputable charity.

You can do a lot of this research online.

A good way to find out a little about thecharity is to contact the Better Business Bureau.

There are several options, especiallyin large cities like New York, New York and Los Angeles, California.

When looking fora place to donate your car, avoid using intermediaries, who might keep up to 90 percent of the donationvalue.

Step 2.

Check to make sure the charity you choose is certified as eligible by theIRS so you can receive a tax deduction.

Search Publication 78 on the IRS website.

You canalso call the IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entities Customer Service telephone number.

Deliveryour car to the charity if you are able to — it saves the charity money and time.

Step3.

Determine the value of your car.

Use a used-car buying guide and follow their step-by-stepinstructions on adjusting value based on mileage and other conditional factors.

The IRS hasPublication 526, "Charitable Deductions" and Publication 561, "Determining the Value ofDonated Property," which help assess a fair value.

Step 4.

Keep good records of your donation.

If your car is worth $500 or more, fill out IRS Form 8283 and attach it to your tax return.

Keep all of your receipts and other information organized and easily accessible.

Step 5.

Payattention to all the details of this transaction.

Not only will your donation be a huge helpto someone who needs it, it will also provide you with a tax deduction.

It often does payto help.

Did you know In 1960, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics calculated thatthere were more than 74 million registered vehicles on the road.

This includes passengercars, motorcycles, trucks, and buses.

In 2007, the number shot to more than a quarter billion.