Thanks to your vehicle donations, all services and assistance programs provided to wounded and disabled veterans and their families by Purple Heart are completely free. Below are some of the many local and regional programs that we provide for our dedicated service men and women.
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Purple Heart Car Donations makes the vehicle donation process easy, towing is free and donations are tax deductible. All proceeds benefit disabled and wounded veterans. Get all your car donation questions answered below.
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Q: Who is the Military Order of the Purple Heart?
A: The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a national organization composed of combat-wounded veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.
Q: How does the Purple Heart Car Donation Program make a difference?
A: As a result of our generous car donors, Purple Heart has been able to provide many quality programs that have helped thousands of veterans across the country (see programs and outreach page). Your support is needed and appreciated.
Q: How does the tax deduction work?
A: The IRS allows a donor to claim the fair market value up $500 for a donated vehicle. However, if the charity sells the donated vehicle for over $500, the IRS allows the donor to claim the selling price as a tax deduction. Purple Heart evaluates each donated vehicle to obtain the highest possible selling price for the vehicle in an effort to generate funds for our veterans and to maximize the donor’s tax deduction. Find the IRS tax publication here.
Q: Do I need a title to donate my car?
A: Yes. You must have a clear title (no liens) to donate your car. If there is a lien holder and/or a secured party listed on the title, we must have a copy of the lien release along with the title even if the lien has been paid off.
Q: How does my donated vehicle get picked up?
A: After you have made arrangements to donate your vehicle, one of our professional towing companies will call you to arrange a convenient date to pick up your vehicle.
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Now more than ever, cash-strapped non-profits need financial support, and donating your car can be a great way to help. It’s also very generous.
It’s also important to remember that you can only take a charitable deduction if you itemize your deductions. So, before you give away your car, just make sure you’ve done the math and it makes sense for both you and the non-profit.
Pick a Charity
It’s very easy to give money or an in-kind donation to a non-profit. The hard part is making sure the non-profit deserves your gift and that you are confident the organization is spending its resources wisely.
The first step is to identify a charity that engages in work that is meaningful to you. For some, that will be helping to feed poor children; for others it will be the local animal shelter, and for others still it will be their religious institution.
There are thousands of non-profits to choose from. The most important thing to verify is that donating a car is possible with the charity. Most of the time that means it must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Ensure You Can Donate Your Car
Once you’ve identified a couple non-profits in the area you’d like to support, find out if they accept car donations. Not all non-profits are equipped to handle that type of donation.
If they do accept cars as gifts, you can then narrow down the list. You can do this by checking each organization’s Charity Navigator rating. You can also look up their tax filings on Guidestar, where you can see their financial profile and how much their highest paid employees are compensated.
Additionally, another great way to research a charity is by visiting the non-profit to form your own opinion of the work they do.
Tax Deductions for Donated Cars
The deduction you can take on your tax return will only be based on the fair market value of the car if the charity does one or more of the following:
Uses donated cars in a way that’s significantly beneficial to the community (e.g. Meals on Wheels).
Makes major repairs to the vehicle, thus increasing the value of the car.
Sells or donates the car to a person in need at a below-market price.
Check out Kelley Blue Book or the NADA Guides to determine what the fair market value on your car might be. However, keep in mind that these book values are generalizations.
For example, if you determine that your car is worth $5,000, but you know it doesn’t start because it needs a new battery, the fair market value is $5,000 minus the price of replacing the battery.
You can learn more about taxes and car donations by visiting our Tax Deductions Car Donations page.
DMV Requirements for Donations
From the perspective of the DMV, donating your car is similar to selling your car. All the paperwork for a title transfer plus canceling your registration still applies. The exact steps you’ll need to take will vary from state to state. Contact your local DMV office for specific requirements and details.
“One in four homeless persons in America is a United States Veteran.” – USA Today
Over 200,000 veterans will sleep on our nation’s streets tonight. However, we believe that no one who put his or her life on the line to defend our country should ever have to face the devastating reality of being homeless. The funds raised from your generous vehicle donation will be used to provide food, shelter, clothing and many other much needed services to wounded war veterans, as well as to all men and women who have so courageously served our country, through the worthy veteran organizations we support.
Your generous vehicle donation makes it possible for us to assist our defenders of freedom in their greatest time of need. The process is easy, towing is free, and your car donation is 100% tax deductible . We accept all types of vehicles Please use our simple online car donation form.
Donating a car is easy! Here are the steps:
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Once the vehicle donation is complete, you will receive your tax deductible car donation receipt.
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
– President and General George Washington, 1789
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Can your old athletic shoes be recycled or used in other ways to benefit good causes? Runners replace their running shoes fairly frequently and you may have a pile in your closet that you d like to donate. You may also have nearly-new shoes that just didn t work for you but you wore enough that you couldn t return them to the store. Here are some organizations that collect used running shoes.
Where to Donate Worn Shoes
Nike s Reuse-a-Shoe Program collects worn-out athletic shoes of any brand, not just Nike.
They keep them out of landfills and recycle them into material used in sports surfaces such as basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks, and playgrounds for kids around the world. They also use the resulting Nike Grind in 71 percent of their products, such as in the fabric or the shoe upper or the zipper pull of a jacket. You can find a store location to drop off your shoe donation, usually at a Nike Factory Stores or Nike employee store.
Where to Donate Both Nearly-New or Used Shoes
One World Running is an international program promoting awareness of health, fitness, and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. They have drop-off locations and they receive shoes from shoe drives hosted by running clubs and Girl Scout troops. They send the near-new shoes overseas, while the others they give to Nike to be used in making the Nike Grind.
Where to Donate Nearly-New or Gently-Used Shoes
If you d like to see your shoes used by those in need, in the U.S. or around the world, these charities provide that service:
Soles4Souls is a shoe charity that gives gently used shoes to those in need. You can print a shipping label to ship the shoes to them or you can find a drop-off site. The Soles4Souls team started as a way to help those impacted by the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. netting over a million pairs donated for those disasters. Since 2006 they have distributed 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 states. In addition to providing the footwear as second-line relief in disaster-stricken areas, they have ongoing work to support micro-enterprise entrepreneurs who sell the shoes as a way to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. They partner with Zappos4Good to provide mailing labels for your shoes and usable clothing.
Share Your Sole is an Illinois-based organization that collects, cleans, and distributes gently-used shoes to needy and impoverished people all over the world. They accept gently worn or new shoes of any kind. They have many drop-off sites in the Chicago area. They ask that you box, seal, and label the shoes with Share Your Sole before taking them to the drop-off location. You can box them all together, but they limit the number to five pairs.
You ll feel great having decluttered your living space and sent your shoes off to those who can use or recycle them.
Your gently worn or new shoes of any kind are going to people who may have never even owned a pair. It s important that any used shoes are in good condition to respect the dignity of those receiving our shoes. So please: be respectful with your donations, understand that our goal is to provide good, clean shoes to those in need. For example, tennis shoes should include laces and not have holes.
Drop House for shoes
(This specific donation drop house is set up to take as many donations as you want to bring)
Drop locations and processing center information.
As our foundation is expanding, we will be updating our drop site locations. Please check back to see if one is in your area, or if you would like information about becoming a drop site location, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Please drop off shoes in boxes (do not box them separately bulk package them). It helps us to quickly and more efficiently process donations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Also, please limit the number of shoes you bring to the following drop sites to no more then FIVE (5) Pairs. If you want to make a donation of FIVE (5) OR MORE Pairsof shoes please take them to the Share Your Soles (Distribution Center) Historic Pullman Stable.
Cash donations are of great help to pay for the cost of processing and shipping shoes.
We have a purple drop box available 24/7 in the front parking lot where our office is located. If you drop off shoes during business hours, please be sure to stop in our office to say hello and sign in.
Thank you for all your shoes, books and medical equipment donations!
Drop off locations for shoe donations are listed below for Illinois, Indiana and California.
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For over 35 years, the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) has been dedicated to providing critical support to all veterans past, present and future. The donations you send in generate much needed funding for the VVA and their many programs and services that care and advocate for our nation s veterans.
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“This is a great way to donate in the city. With the free UPS shipping labels I’m able to send in my donations whenever it’s convenient for me.” -Caroline R.
“Finally got rid of the clutter in my closet, I feel good knowing that the stuff I send in helps support those who have served our country.” -Kai E.
“I donate as often as I can, I love being able to give back to our veterans.” -Sydney V.
Hands down the best way to declutter any closet or shoe-and-boot collection is through donating clothes.
Consigning or selling clothing is great, but can be a bit of hassle. You ve got to wash or dry clean the clothes, iron them and then package them up to take them to a consignment shop or mail them to an online consignment shop. Unless your clothing is very expensive, it s probably not worth the hassle. And believe me, you will get less for your clothing than you think you well.
In this . MORE guide to donating clothes, I will take you through the four phases of donation:
Locating a donation center;
Instructions on how to determine when it s time to donate clothes;
How to let go of clothes and shoes you like but don t wear;
How to declutter your clothes closet; and, finally,
How to declutter your shoes and boots.
Where to donate your clothing
The best way to donate more clothes is to have a donation center in mind before you even begin decluttering. This makes the letting go precess so much easier because you already know your clothes will go to a worthy cause. How to choose where to donate? Choose a charitable organization that means something to you personally. My father is a veteran of the Vietnam war, so I designate the Vietnam Veterans of America as my charity of choice for the clothing, shoes, and household items I . MORE donate each year. Bonus, you can call and schedule an appointment for them to come pick up your donations. All you have to do is bag them and leave them on your front porch.
You can choose a donation center, or your could sell or consign your clothing.
When to donate clothes, shoes, shoes and accessories
Knowing when to donate clothes can be frustrating because our brains switch into survival mode and we cling to our stuff out of habit (more on this phenomenon in Reasons You Keep Clutter).
To counter-act this basic human instinct, I ve come up with a no-fail test, 5 questions long, and can be applied to everything shirt, skirt and knee-high boot in your closet:
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Tips on how to stop hoarding clothes
Chances are you are not a full-fledged pack rat, so put your dreams of appearing on Hoarders on hold for a few minutes while we talk about clutter. People love to clutter, and then people love to declutter. Think about how awesome you feel when you ve spent time decluttering and organizing a space in your home: you feel like you can conquer anything. However, sometimes you need a little extra motivation to get down and dirty decluttering your closet before you can donate clothes, . MORE shoes and accessories.
Learn to declutter your closet
Decluttering your closet is much more successfully done when it s done often, as in weekly if possible, and seasonally at a minimum. I like to go through my own closet as soon as a season starts to turn into the next (which in Connecticut happens every 3-4 months) to store what I won t wear for the short-term future, and donate what I didn t wear during the previous season. Its much easier to do this regularly than once a year because you will take a more utilitarian approach. For . MORE example: if spring is turning to summer and you know you didn t wear your trench coat at all, it s easier to donate that right away rather than wait until next spring when your memory of how much you wore the previous year will be foggy (London Fog, get it?).
Declutter your shoes and boots
Once again, decluttering and donating shoes is so much more easily done when it s done seasonally. In addition to a fresh memory as described above, donating shoes as soon as you ve determined they need to go relieves you of the burden of having to store them for another season or another year.
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7 places to donate your clothes (it’s time to finally clean out your closet!)
Have you ever said to yourself, What is the best way to donate my car? Vets Vehicles makes it easy to donate a car on behalf of veterans and their families. We accept almost any vehicle anywhere in the United States – running or not. Not only do we accept cars but we also accept motorcycles, RV’s, boats and trucks we even accept farm equipment. Each donation supports our carefully selected organizations that help veterans. Click here to see our current list. Our donation process is simple and fast. Just 3 easy steps:
SUBMIT A DONATION FORM
Submit a donation form on-line, here, or call our toll free number 888-VETS-VEH (888-838-7834) and speak with one of our friendly, trained Vehicle Donation Specialists.
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What you should have ready:
General information about the car – make, model, mileage and condition
The VIN if you have it if not, don t worry
Your Vehicle Title Certificate ( Pink Slip ) we will provide you with instructions on how to fill it out. If you don t have one or can t find it or have questions just call our friendly, trained Vehicle Donation Specialists
SCHEDULE A NO COST, CONVENIENT PICK UP TIME
Once your paperwork is approved, one of our authorized tow companies will call you to arrange to pick up the vehicle at a time convenient for you. Normally, you do not need to be present.
YOUR DONATED VEHICLE IS SOLD AND YOU GET A TAX RECEIPT
We acheive among the highest vehicle prices in our exclusive multi-channel sales system. We get the highest prices for vehicles by selling in a complete range of markets: Retail on eBay Motors, at multi-level Wholesale Auctions and to a national network of direct buyers including the most efficient parts and material “Green” recyclers. We even sell in Classic or Fine Car channels if the vehicle is worthy!arrange to pick up the vehicle at a time convenient for you. Normally, you do not need to be present.
You Must Follow the Rules to Get That Tax Deduction
01/15/2002 (updated 10/30/2017) – By Edmunds
It’s easy to donate a car to charity if all you want to do is get rid of it. Simply call a charity that accepts old vehicles and it will tow your heap away. But if you want to maximize your tax benefits, it’s more complicated. Here’s a walk-through of some of the considerations, with the usual proviso that you should discuss these issues with your tax preparer before you act.
You Must Itemize Your Return
If you want to claim a car donation to reduce your federal income taxes, you must itemize deductions. You could itemize even if the donated auto is your only deduction, but that’s usually not the best choice.
Here’s the math: Suppose you’re in the 28 percent tax bracket and the allowable deduction for the vehicle’s donation is $1,000. That will save you $280 in taxes. If you’re in the 15 percent tax bracket and you get that same $1,000 deduction, it will reduce your taxes by $150.
If the car donation is your only deduction, it’s likely that taking a standard deduction would save you thousands more dollars in taxes. The only way that donating a car nets you any tax benefit is if you have many deductions and if their total, including the car, exceeds the standard deduction. And remember, you can always donate as much as you want to charities, but the IRS limits how much you can claim on your tax return.
The Charity Must Qualify
Only donations to qualified charities can provide a tax deduction for you. A qualified charity is one that the IRS recognizes as a 501(c)(3) organization. Religious organizations are a special case. They do count as qualified organizations, but they aren’t required to file for 501(c)(3) status.
To help you determine whether a charity is qualified, the easiest thing to do is to use the IRS exempt organizations site, or call the IRS toll-free number: 877-829-5500.
A Key Concept: Fair Market Value
The IRS defines fair market value as “the price a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept for the vehicle, when neither party is compelled to buy or sell and both parties have reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts.” In this scenario, neither the buyer nor the seller can be an auto dealer. Both must be private parties.
What complicates the matter for taxpayers is that under current IRS rules, you can only deduct a vehicle’s fair market value under four very specific conditions:
1. When a charity auctions your car for $500 or less, you can claim either the fair market value or $500, whichever is less.
2. When the charity intends to make “significant intervening use of the vehicle.” This means the charity will use the car in its work.
3. When the charity intends to make a “material improvement” to the vehicle, not just routine maintenance.
4. When the charity gives or sells the vehicle to a needy individual at a price significantly below fair market value.
Determining Fair Market Value
Edmunds can help you determine your vehicle’s fair market value with its Appraise Your Car calculator. Enter the car’s year, make and model, as well as such information as trim level, mileage and condition. By looking at the private-party value, you’ll get an accurate idea of what your vehicle is worth.
Note the caution from IRS Publication 4303: “If you use a vehicle pricing guide to determine fair market value, be sure that the sales price listed is for a vehicle that is the same make, model and year, sold in the same condition, and with the same or substantially similar options or accessories as your vehicle.”
Getting Fair Market Value Is Rare
It’s not realistic to expect that your car will meet one of the stringent fair market value requirements. Only about 5 percent of donated vehicles are suitable for use by charity recipients. About a third of donated cars are junked, and the rest are auctioned off.
So unless your car is in good or excellent condition, it will most likely be sold at auction or to an auto salvage yard. In that case, your deduction is based on the car’s selling price, not your estimate of its fair market value. And note that this price is not necessarily something you’ll know when you donate the vehicle, or even before the next tax-filing time, since an organization has up to three years to sell your car.
Getting tax benefits for a donated car requires a lot of documentation, whether the car is junked, sold at auction or given to a charity’s client. IRS Publication 4303 has all the details. Be sure to keep all the papers or electronic files. You’ll need them at tax time.
If there’s a delay in getting paperwork from the charity, your first option, according to IRS Publication 526, is to file Form 4868. That’s a request for an automatic six-month extension of time to submit your return. Your second option is to file the return on time without claiming the deduction for the qualified vehicle. When the charity finally sends your notification, you can file an amended return using form 1040X to claim the deduction. You’ll have to attach a copy of the notification to your 1040X.
Another Approach To Car ‘Donation’
Besides giving your car directly to a charity, there is another way your vehicle can help a charity and also maximize your tax benefits: You can sell the car yourself and donate the proceeds. By doing so, you might be able to generate more cash than if you let the charity sell it.
Parting with your old vehicle could help a nonprofit carry out its mission and also might make room in your garage for a new car. But how you proceed depends on your goal. If you’re focused on getting rid of a junker with minimal effort and you’d look at the tax deduction as a nice bonus, then donating your car makes good sense. But if your goal is to maximize your tax deduction, carefully review these steps, consult with your tax adviser and then make an informed decision.
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