How to Donate to Charity

Giving Center is a a 501c3 nonprofit charity organization. They are IRS Approved, and operate across the United States. They accept a wide variety of charitable donations, and offer FREE NATIONWIDE pickup of your donations.

Step #1: Research

Before you donate money or goods, you may want to do some research on the charity. You can be certain that Giving Center is real. Several agencies offer information to help you evaluate the operation of charities like them:

  • The Internal Revenue Service offers tax tips for donors.
  • Check a charity’s 501(c)3 status with the IRS’ exempt organization database. A charity must have 501(c)3 status if you plan to deduct your donation on your federal taxes.
  • The attorney general in your state often licenses charitable organizations. They may also have records of complaints about charities.

Tip #2: Types of Donations You Can Make

MONETARY

Make financial donations by check or credit card. These payment methods can help you keep record of your donations. Giving Center will also provide you with tax documents so you can receive your tax deduction.

GOODS AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

Giving Center accepts non-cash donations, such as boat donations,plane donations, or donate real estate. Donate items that are in good (or better) condition. Keep a list of the items you donated, for your taxes.

VEHICLES

You can donate your car, truck, RV, or any other vehicle to a charity. Giving Center may give a donated vehicle to someone, use it for operations, or sell it at auction. If you donate a vehicle, you will need to transfer the title of the to the charity. Also, remove license plates and registration documents before you donate the car.

OTHER PROPERTY

You may also give other types of items to Giving Center:

The value of these items may need an expert appraisal. The values could depend on offers to buy the items and the timing of the donation.

Federal Tax Deductions for Charitable Donations

You may be able to claim a deduction on your federal taxes if you donated to a 501(c)3 organization. To deduct donations, you must file a Schedule A with your tax form. With proper documentation, you can claim vehicle or cash donations. Or, if you want to deduct a non-cash donation, you’ll also have to fill out a Form 8283.

How Much Can You Deduct?

The amount of money that you can deduct on your taxes may not be equal to the total amount of your donations.

  • If you donate non-cash items, you can claim the fair market value of the items on your taxes.
  • If you donated a vehicle, the amount of your deduction depends on if the organization uses the car or sells it at an auction. “A Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donation (PDF, Download Adobe Reader)” explains how your deduction is determined.

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