Car Donation Michigan
Car Donation MI Programs
Some charities offer same day pickup.
You may qualify for
a nice tax deduction.
Michigan car donation programs make it quick and easy to give back in the “Bay State.” Your Michigan car donation is as simple as following these steps:
1. The first step is to make sure a charity you are considering is, in fact, a real charity by seeing if it has been licensed to operate in Michigan. Charities must register and receive a license to operate by The Michigan Office of The Attorney General. (Link to their specific webpage for charities is below).
Fraudulent charity operations are rampant. Collecting donations for bona fide charities, they seem legit until you take a closer look – where you find that the real charity gets nothing or next to nothing. Not to mention the receipts they give you will not get you a tax deduction. Most people don’t check on them – but that’s where you will be different…
2. Make sure the Michigan charity is registered with the IRS. It should be listed on IRS Publication 78 (link below) as an eligible charity. This is necessary for you to get your car donation tax deduction. (Even some otherwise legitimate charities may not be listed – check for your own good.)
3. Have the vehicle title in your possession. Replacement titles can be gotten at the Michigan Motor Vehicle Administration (link below). It’s here you will sign the vehicle’s title over to the charity.
(Some charities will offer to do the title transfer for you. But you may want to consider doing it yourself: This will make sure you aren’t held responsible for any future liabilities connected with the vehicle.)
4. Arrange for the charity to pick up the vehicle. Don’t pay towing – the charity or solicitation service for the charity should pay for it. (If they won’t, find another charity.) Remove the license plates from the vehicle before it is towed away.
5. Save your receipts for when you file your taxes. You must itemize your taxes to get a tax deduction.
Important links for your Michigan car donation:
Michigan Office of The Attorney General – The charity must be licensed to operate in Michigan. As of this writing, however, there wasn’t an online database of registered charities on the Michigan Attorney General’s website (or we didn’t see one). So here are some charity ‘watchdog’ organizations you should check:
(Ensure the charity you are looking into is listed favorably with at least one of the following)…
Charity Navigator – http://www.charitynavigator.org/
Better Business Bureau Charities – http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/
GuideStar Charity Check – http://www2.guidestar.org/
Charity Watch – http://www.charitywatch.org/
IRS Publication 78 – Check that the charity is listed here. (It needs to be in order for you to be able apply for a tax deduction.)
Michigan Department of State website (includes Motor Vehicles registration) – Here’s where you will sign over the vehicle’s title to your selected charity.
Get a Michigan tax deduction for a car donation here in the “Wolverine State.” A few easy actions on your part may make a big difference in a Michigan family that has suffered bad luck. Plus you may get a car donation tax deduction – not to mention avoiding the hassles of fixing up, advertising, and selling your old vehicle!