How to get a tax deduction for donating your car to Kidney Kars

Getting a tax deduction for donating a car isn’t the only good reason to donate. Most folks just want to help others in need. But, also getting a tax deduction is still a nice bonus. It’s easy, and you don’t have to be rich to qualify. Donating a car is tax deductible for normal range income individuals.

When you donate to a qualified 501(C)(3)charity like Kidney Kars, you can itemize that donation on your IRS 1040 tax return. The generalized tax receipt will allow you to claim an itemized deduction for up to $499 –BUT if your car donation is sold for more than $500, you get to write off the car’s actual selling price!

In 2019 the standard deduction was doubled to $12,200 for an individual and $24,400 for a married couple.  While that means that some people might not itemize their taxes, anyone who owns a house valued around $339K will likely pay more in interest than the standard deduction allows – which means itemizing your taxes and donating a car could save you real $$$.  Given how Utah property values have gone through the roof in recent years, there’s a good chance it makes sense for most homeowners.  Additionally if you donate money to a church (which a lot of people in Utah do), those contributions make it even more likely that your accountant could recommend itemizing your taxes

Therefore, if you own a modestly priced home, you may want to add as many deductions as you can to reduce your taxable income.  Kidney Kars car donations and other charitable contributions, are a great way to lower your taxable income. It’s smart to check with your accountant to know exactly how donating your car will affect your taxes before you donate.

However, even if you don’t itemize your taxes, there’s a lot of great reasons for donating your car to a charity like Kidney Kars:

  1. You get rid of a car that’s been laying around
  2. We tow it away in 48 hours or less, so it’s no hassle for you.
  3. You feel good knowing you really helped people in need, and maybe even save a life.

So don’t think twice about donating your old car to an accredited, highly ranked charity. Just be  sure to do your research. Not to brag about how Kidney Kars is local, but we’re going to. Many charities who advertise online, take car donations for charities who are out of state, and the monies raised may not even benefit Utahns. Worse yet, sometimes those bigger charities pay 3rd party businesses to both advertise and manage their car donation. That means less money actually makes it to the charity and the people that really need it. But when you donate a car to Kidney Kars, you can be assured that your donation will benefit Utah kidney patients.

You can always call the Utah State Division of Consumer Protection to ask about the charity you intend to donate to.

So when you have an old car, would like it picked up in 48 hours or less, PLUS get a tax deduction donate to Kidney Kars at www.towKars.org!

Fastest Car Pick Up for Charity Car Donation in Utah

Charity car donation is popular for a couple of reasons. I’d say the biggest reason is, you have a broken car sitting in the driveway or garage that is taking up valuable space.  If that car’s repairs cost more than the value of the car, it’s a great time to consider donating. Once you’ve finally decided you’d rather donate that car to charity, than do anything else you probably want car gone like, yesterday.  The good news is, we’re happy to help.  In order to donate your car, first find the title! That’s the hardest part, we promise. Then call us 9-5/M-F at (801) 226-5111 or 1-800-tow-kars (1-800-869-5277); or easier yet at any time of day use our website www.towKars.org  The process to give us the information will take you 3-5 minutes. You answer the questions we need to both pickup the car, and get you a tax receipt. Once we have that, we get it to our towing guys, and the car is usually picked up in 24-48 hours (Unless you need more time to clean it out of personal belongings or need to coordinate pick up with a 3rd party like a mechanic, or storage unit manager). So, unless there’s a problem, you can expect pick up in less than a day or two.  The Monday following the car’s pickup, we will email you your tax receipt! Kidney Kars donation is simple, fast, free, and your donation benefits over 3,000 dialysis and transplant patients in our area. Thank you for donating to Kidney Kars of Utah!

Which charity car donation program in Utah and Idaho is best? How do car donations work?

Kidney Kars / www.towKars.org (The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho) has been taking kidney car donations in Utah and Idaho since 1991; and is one of the country’s best and most legitimate car donation programs. Utahns love their tax deductions and so Kidney Kars / www.towKars.org has remained the number one choice for charity car donation in Utah for 29 years! Yep! Little ol’ Utah runs one of the best and largest car donation program in the country. This is because 2/3 of Kidney Kars donors come from repeat kidney cars donors and word of mouth referrals from former donors. To us, this is the highest compliment and testament to the work we do in our own community. In addition to asking a friend or neighbor ‘what charity program is best’ for car donations, a lot of people Google “how does car donation work?” or “what car donation program in Utah is best?” So we get a lot of referrals from search engines as well.  But we’d like to give Utahns a word of warning about Googling the ‘best car donation program in Utah or Idaho.’  Unfortunately, since Kidney Kars of Utah started in 1991, a lot of national charities have also started their own car donation for charity programs. They take the money from our community and give it to a national branch. Unfortunately, very few of those national charity car donation programs you see advertised online (or who come up when Googled) are actually IN UTAH. You can always call Utah State Division of Consumer protection to ask for information about Kidney Kars, because we are IN UTAH.

The National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho Kidney Kars office is in Provo, Utah. So whether you’re in Utah or Idaho, we process your donation locally.  Donated Kidney Kars are then sold, parted or recycled in order to raise money for our kidney patient programs: medical financial aid, transportation to and from dialysis, transplantation costs, nutritional supplements (to keep patients healthy enough to qualify for the kidney transplant waiting list), patient educational scholarships, family and youth transplant camps, medical research, free kidney health screenings and way too many financial, patient, education and community programs to list here without getting super boring. But you can find a complete list of our programs on our Annual Report located online at: Kidneyut.org/who-we-are/#annual_report

So there’s a bit of  danger in simply Googling “Who accepts car donations in Utah?” Lots of charities take car donations, but chances are, if they are an out of state charity (and using 3rd party business to advertise, take calls for and manage their car donation program) the business claims a big chunk of the monies earned from your car donation. Sometimes out of state car donation programs are reaping as little as 50% or less of the funds raised.  But not Kidney Kars of Utah and Idaho (www.towKars.org)! We are able to accept the donations in Utah and Idaho, sell/part/recycle the donated cars to give 100% of the funds raised to our charitable mission (Utah and Idaho patient services/community services/medical research).

So the next time someone asks you which charity in Utah takes car donation, tell them it’s the National Kidney Foundation of Utah & Idaho’s Kidney Kars! How car donations work is, you can call us 9-5/M-F (801) 226-5111 or donate online at www.towKars.org  We’ll gather information about the car, who to call and where to pick it up and then we email you a tax receipt! You can always feel good about keeping your Kidney Kars donation local because you know there are over 3,000 Utah and Idaho dialysis and transplant patients who benefit from our services.

Tell a friend!