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Vehicle Donations Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:
What are the benefits of donating my Vehicle to Blue Star Equiculture Inc.? Blue Star Equiculture benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund new and existing programsand increase community awareness through local events.

You benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized. Plusyou avoid the costs associated with selling your car. No need to pay for advertising, noloss 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? In most cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an engine and be tow-able. Contact a representative at 1-1-877-537-5277 to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.

Do you only accept cars for donation? Many types of motor vehicles are accepted including airplanes, boats, motorcycles,trucks, and cars. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your vehicle is eligible, please contact the vehicle donation program toll free at 1-1-877-537-5277.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle? We make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company willcontact you within two to three business days after completing a record of the donation.Call our representatives at 1-1-877-537-5277.

Do I have to be with the vehicle at the time of pick-up? No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.

What paperwork do I need? The only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. We would prefer that you have yourtitle with you when you call-in your donation. [Please note: a clear title indicates thetitle is in the name of the donor without a lien.

Do I need a smog certificate in order to donate my car? For states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate yourvehicle without these documents.

What type of receipt will I receive for my vehicle when it is picked up? When your vehicle is picked up, the tow truck driver will give you a document calleda “donation receipt.” The donation receipt is a legal document and should be kept. Do not allow your vehicle to be picked up unless you are given a donation receipt unless otherarrangements have been made in advance. If you have any questions about this pleasecall our toll-free number, 1-877-537-5277.

What if I receive legal notices? In the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV actions orother activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 1-877-537-5277immediately for assistance.

Tax Questions:
Will I get a tax receipt for my donation? Yes, our driver will issue a donation receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not the finaltax receipt if the sale price of your vehicle exceeds $500. This initial acknowledgementwill indicate the donor’s name as well as the year, make, model and condition of thecar being donated. It will be the only receipt if the vehicle sells for $500 or less. If thathappens, it is up to the donor to determine the value of their deduction as long as it is$500 or less.

How do Federal vehicle donation laws effect my tax deduction? For vehicles that sell for more than $500, donors are no longer responsible fordetermining the deductible value of their donation. Instead, they will receive IRS Form1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes if the proceeds from thesale exceed $500, stating the amount of the gross proceeds from the sale of the donatedvehicle. The amount listed on IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats,and Airplanes will be the gross proceeds of the deductible donation.

What can I claim as a deduction? According to the tax law effective January 1, 2005, if the claimed value of the donatedvehicle 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 bemailed to the donor within 30 days of the sale. It will state the amount of gross proceedsreceived from the vehicle, provided the vehicle sold for more than $500 and if the donorprovided their Social Security number. This will be the tax receipt for the charitablecontribution.

If a vehicle sells for $500 or less, it will be up to the donor to determine the value of theirdeduction as long as that figure is $500 or less.

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