How does the tax deduction process work?

If a vehicle sells for over $500, the donor can claim the amount the vehicle sold for, providing that the donor supplies their tax ID number (for most this is a social security number) for tax form 1098-C that the Goodwill Auto Auction will complete and mail to both the donor and the IRS. If the tax ID number is not provided, then the donor cannot claim a deduction of more than $500.

Regardless of the amount your vehicle sells for, the Goodwill Auto Auction will send you a letter after the vehicle is sold telling you the amount we received for your vehicle. You can attach a copy of this information to your income tax return for proof of a donation.

Goodwill Auto Auction recommends consulting with an independent tax advisor to determine your best course of action when claiming a vehicle donation.