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Itemized Deductions/Standard Deductions - Gifts & Charitable Contributions


Rev. date: 1/2010


I donated a used car to a qualified charity. I itemize my deductions, and I would like to take a charitable contribution for the donation. Do I need to attach any special forms to my return? What records do I need to keep?

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If you claim a deduction of at least $250 but not more than $500 for the car donation, you will need only a written acknowlegment from the charity at the time of the donation. The acknowledgment must include the name of the charity, a description of the care, and a statement of whether the charity provided any goods or services in return for the car and, if so, a description and estimate of the fair market value of the goods and services. Do not attach the acknowledgment to your return: instead, retain it with your records to substantiate your donation.
If you claim a deduction of more than $500 for the car donation, you will need the following:
If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for the car donation, in addition to the items listed above for deductions of more than $500, you will also need the following: