Car Donation In Maryland, MD
What You Need To Know
The steps for how to donate a car to charity in Maryland are relatively simple.
For someone that has a vehicle who wants to give it away, and claim the tax deduction this entitles them to, there are only a few, simple things you need to know and a few procedures to follow.
Below, therefore, we have provided all the information you need to know if you are thinking about making a car donation in Maryland.
1. What Can You Donate in Maryland?
While car donation is an option in Maryland, you can donate a wider variety of vehicles than that.
As a for instance, you could donate trucks, mopeds, boats (see donate boat), trailers, all-terrain vehicles, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, jet skis or any other sort of vehicle that’s legal to use in the United States. Even if your is in non-working order, you can even donate junk cars.
If there’s ever any question about whether or not your donation is acceptable, perhaps you have a large combine or a piece of heavy construction equipment that may or may not be considered a vehicle, simply call the charity and ask if it will accept your donation.
2. Where Can You Donate In Maryland?
With so many vehicle donation programs and charity car auctions trying to get your donation, it might be hard to choose where to take your vehicle to.
However, before you give your vehicle to anyone, you need to be sure that the charity in question is an accepted, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and that your vehicle donation is in fact tax deductible.
An easy way to check is to look at the list compiled by the Better Business Bureau as well as www.charitynavigator.org. You will be able to find charities in all the main town and cities in Maryland.
- Glen Burnie
- Ocean City
- Silver Spring
Once you’ve chosen your particular charity all you have to do is call them up and ask where you need to drop off your vehicle for donation.
Do You Live Near A State Border?
We recommend you download and read IRS publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide To Vehicle Donation. The IRS do not limit where you can donate your car by state and therefore, depending upon your location, it may be more convenient to find a qualifying charity in a neighboring state:
3. Documents You Need To Donate In Md?
Proper vehicle donation requires you to have the right paperwork on hand when you donate your car to charity.
In Maryland that means that you need to have the title to your vehicle, except in cases of mopeds and snowmobiles, neither of which require a title to donate.
How To Obtain Duplicate Title Certificates
If you need to get a replacement title for your vehicle, go to the website for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (Title Section) and, in particular, the section ‘Application For Duplicate Certificate of Title‘.
This site gives you all of the phone numbers and addresses for local branch offices, and it allows you to download all necessary forms for a replacement title to save you as much time as possible.
Maryland Driver Licensing
You can find more information about driver licensing in Maryland on the official DMV state website.
4. How To Release Liability of Your Vehicle?
Where auto donation is concerned you need to be sure that you also give the charity liability as well as the actual car.
Liability is the legal term that means if your vehicle is involved in an accident, or causes damages, you’re still responsible. In order to be sure that you don’t have liability in Maryland, the first step is to sign over your title to the charity.
You also have to take your license plates off of your donated vehicle and turn them in to the Motor Vehicle Administration to cancel your registration, which will be necessary in order for you to cancel your insurance payments on the vehicle in the state.
You can find very comprehensive information at dmv.org on transferring vehicle titles in Maryland for donors.
5. Maximizing Your Charity’s Donation in Md
When donating a car to charity it’s important that you consider how much of your donation will actually go to your charity.
To ensure that the charity gets as much money from your donation as possible it’s important that you clean and repair the vehicle as much as possible before donation.
Donating Junk Cars
While junk car donations, and donations of vehicles that don’t work, is allowed, functional vehicles will fetch a higher price.
Additionally, don’t allow the charity to tow your vehicle. While you might not pay anything for it, the price of the tow is just one more cost that the charity has to pay.
Whenever possible, drop the vehicle off yourself at an allowed donation center or location for the charity.
6. How To Maximize Your IRS Tax Reduction?
When you donate a car to charity you are allowed to claim a car donation tax deduction as an itemized deduction on your taxes.
However, there are certain ways to get more money for your donation. Normally you will give your car to a charity, that charity will sell the car, and then once the car is sold you are allowed to claim the gross proceeds of the sale on your taxes as a deduction.
Can You Claim Your Car’s Market Value?
However, if the charity intends on using your donation for a significant period of time, giving it away to a needy person or selling the car at a price far below fair market value in furtherance of its goals, then you may claim the fair market value of the vehicle on the day that it was donated.
This is typically a much higher figure than what the charity will sell your car for.
Is Donation Right For You?
Donating your car may or may not be the best option for you. See our car donation tax calculations for more information.
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