Orchestra of Tucson benefits by receiving a cash donation to fund its free
concerts and youth outreach programs as well as increase community awareness. You
benefit by being able to reduce your taxable income when taxes are itemized.
Plus you avoid the costs associated with selling your car. There is 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 Civic Orchestra of Tucson handle everything
The COT has partnered with a company called CARS
(Charitable Auto Resources, Inc.) based in San Diego, CA. CARS is owned and
operated by a non–profit social service agency that works with many non-profit
organizations across the country in handling their vehicle donation program.
Visit their website, www.donatingiseasy.org.
Does my car have to
be running to donate it?
most cases we can take your car, running or not. However, it must have an
engine and be towable. Contact a representative at 1-855-24MUSIC (855-246-8742)
to find out if your vehicle qualifies for pick-up.
Do you only accept
cars for donation?
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 1-855-24MUSIC.
long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
make donating your car as simple and convenient as possible. A tow company will
contact you within two to three business days after completing a record of the
donation. Call our representatives at 1-855-24MUSIC.
Do I have to be with
the vehicle at the time of pick-up?
Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.
What paperwork do I
only paperwork needed is a signed, clear title. (A clear title indicates the
title is in the name of the donor without a lien.) We prefer that you have your
title with you when you call in your donation.
Do I need a smog certificate
in order to donate my car?
states that require smog certificates or safety inspections, you may donate
your vehicle without these documents.
What type of receipt
will I receive for my vehicle when it is picked up?
your vehicle is picked up, the tow truck driver will give you a document called
a "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 other arrangements have been made in advance. If you have
questions about this, please call 1-855-24MUSIC.
What if I receive
the rare event that you receive any notification of a lien sale, DMV actions or
other activity related to your donated vehicle, please contact us at 1-855-24MUSIC
immediately for assistance.
Will I get a tax
receipt for my donation?
our driver will issue a donation receipt at the time of pick-up. This is not the
final tax receipt if the sale price of your vehicle exceeds $500. This initial
acknowledgement will indicate the donor’s name as well as the year, make, model
and condition of the car being donated. It will be the only receipt if the
vehicle sells for $500 or less. If that happens, it is up to the donor to
determine the value of their deduction as long as it is $500 or less.
do Federal vehicle donation laws effect my tax deduction?
vehicles that sell for more than $500, donors are no longer responsible for
determining the deductible value of their donation. Instead, they 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. 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
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
IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes will be
mailed to the donor within 30 days of the sale. It will state the amount of gross
proceeds received from the vehicle, provided the vehicle sold for more than
$500 and if the donor provided their Social Security number. This will be the
tax receipt for the charitable contribution.
a vehicle sells for $500 or less, it will be up to the donor to determine the
value of their deduction as long as that figure is $500 or less.