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    Car donation tax deduction

    Donating your car or other vehicle, such as a motorcycle, boat or RV, to charity is a notable act of generosity—one that can make a measurable difference for the charity and the beneficiaries of its mission. In the case of the  Humane Society of the United States’ vehicle donation program, those benefiting the most are the multitude of animals around the world we are dedicated to protecting.

    It’s reasonable to expect your generosity to be rewarded in the form of gratitude. The HSUS is always grateful for the support we receive from all our constituents, whether it be a monetary donation (one-time or monthly), volunteering in some capacity with the HSUS, making a legacy gift in one’s will or donating material items such as real estate and vehicles.

    It’s also common to receive a tangible benefit for your generosity in the form of a tax credit when filing your federal return, however, anything dealing with taxes can get complicated in a hurry as you’re probably well aware. And with recent changes to U.S. tax laws, many deductions, such as the one for charitable contributions, have become a bit more complex to navigate.

    How much tax credit do you get for donating a car?

    The good news is that when donating a vehicle on, you can claim the full amount that we receive from the sale of your vehicle. For a vehicle donation that sells for $500 or less, Cars Inc. sends a thank you letter which serves as the tax receipt form. Vehicles which sell for more than $500 receive a second acknowledgement shortly after the sale along with the necessary IRS forms.

    Claiming your charitable vehicle donation tax deduction is the last step in the donation process. Regardless if you choose to itemize deductions or take the standard deduction, you’ve still made a meaningful contribution to the lifesaving work of the Humane Society of the United States. For that, we’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you!”

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