FAQs

Car Donation Details

What are the benefits of donating my car to Civic Orchestra of Tucson (COT)?

The Civic 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 for me?
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?
In 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?
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 1-855-24MUSIC.

How long will it take to pick up my vehicle?
We 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?
No. Special arrangements can be made by calling our representative.

What paperwork do I need?
The 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?
For 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?
When 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 legal notices?
In 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.

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 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.

How do Federal vehicle donation laws effect my tax deduction?
For 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 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 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.

If 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.

 


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