People losing homes for as little as $400 in back taxes – Jul #tax #liens,


The other foreclosure crisis: Losing a home over $400 in back taxes

When homeowners don’t pay property taxes or other municipal bills, like water or sewer fees, local governments have less money to maintain services like schools, police and fire departments and road maintenance. By selling tax liens, those governments can collect on what it is owed.

Investors, in return, effectively own a claim against the property until the homeowner pays the county or municipality back or until they default on the debt entirely. The investor can either collect interest on the taxes owed from the homeowner. Or, if the homeowner fails to pay up, the investor can take possession, or foreclose, on the home.

It’s a win-win for investors, said John Rao, a consumer credit and bankruptcy attorney and the author of the report. Either the investor gets their investment back with interest or they get the home — typically, for a pretty sizable discount to what the home is worth.

The report cited a case of an 81-year-old Rhode Island woman who fell behind on a $474 sewer bill. A corporation bought the home in a tax sale for $836.39. The woman was evicted from the home she had lived in for more than 40 years and the corporation resold the place for $85,000, the report said.

Most investors, however, buy tax liens for the interest. That’s because many states allow investors to charge rates of 18% or more on the outstanding debts. And, in some cases, as much as 20% to 50%, the report said.

It is for this reason, that tax lien sales are often promoted on websites and late-night television advertisements as ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes, the report said.

Many states sell tax liens in auctions where investors bid on the interest rate that will be paid on the debt. In some auctions, there are so many investors competing against one another that the rates don’t always hit those staggering double-digit rates. Investors may get more like 7% to 10% interest on the liens.

Sometimes, however, they can sell at or near the maximum, making it nearly impossible for the homeowner to afford the payments and the balance soon balloons.

The elderly are particularly vulnerable: As a result of high unemployment and declining home values, property tax delinquencies have increased to about $15 billion a year, according to the National Tax Lien Association.

And while many people are able to pay off their debts and reclaim their homes, a growing number of people are becoming vulnerable to tax lien foreclosures. Most at risk are the elderly, particularly those suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, said Rao.

The process is incredibly confusing, said Rao. The notices are in legalese that no one can understand. Some states do little to help. The concept of a ‘right to redeem’ is lost on many homeowners.

One elderly Montana woman, who lived alone and had no close family to help her, fell more than $5,000 behind on taxes, the report said. After she failed to respond to letters from the company that bought her home in a tax sale, she was evicted from her Missoula home. As a result, she lost about $150,000 in equity in the property, according to the report.

Fixing the ‘other foreclosure crisis’: The extent of the problem is difficult to determine. The cases occur at the local government level and no one agency or organization aggregates the data for the whole country, as they do for bank foreclosures, according to Rao.

To prevent outstanding debts from becoming insurmountable for homeowners to pay off, the National Consumer Law Center recommends that states lower the maximum interest rates allowed and limit other costs and fees. Rao also believes tax lien sales should be conducted in a two-step process with a court supervising the final property seizures.

State and local governments should also establish programs where property owners can pay off back taxes over time, instead of having to come up with a big lump sum, he said, and notices should be written in clear, easy-to-understand language. The procedure in Delaware, for example, begins with the filing of a praecipe for monition in the office of the prothonotary.

Finally, the center is recommending that procedures be put in place where homeowners are adequately informed of their risks and status all through the process. Homes are lost because homeowners simply don’t know what’s going on until it’s too late.

First Published: July 10, 2012: 6:34 PM ET

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IRS Florida locations for IRS Help #irs #tax #solutions


IRS Florida locations for IRS Help

IRS Florida locations for IRS Help

Two hundred IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country will open on Saturday, May 15, to provide help to small business owners and individual taxpayers dealing with notices and payments, return preparation and a variety of other tax issues. Each office will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. local time.

Fort Myers: 4210 Metro Parkway
Ft Myers, FL 33916

Jacksonville: 400 West Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Maitland: 850 Trafalgar Ct.
Maitland, FL 32751

Miami: 51 S.W. First Ave.
Miami, FL 33130

Pensacola: 7180 9th Ave. North
Pensacola, FL 32504

Plantation: 7850 S.W. 6TH Court
Plantation, FL 33324

Port St. Lucie: 7410 South US Hwy. 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

Sarasota: 5971 Cattle Ridge Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34232

St. Petersburg: 9450 Koger Blvd.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Tampa: 3848 W. Columbus Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

West Palm Beach: 1700 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Top Tax Deductions for Your Small Business #top #tax #attorneys


Top Tax Deductions for Your Small Business

It’s simple: The more tax deductions your business can legitimately take, the lower its taxable profit will be. Also, in addition to putting more money into your pocket at the end of the year, the tax code provisions that govern deductions can also yield a personal benefit: a nice car to drive at a small cost, or a combination business trip and vacation. It all depends on paying careful attention to IRS rules on just what is — and isn’t — deductible.

When you’re totaling up your business’s expenses at the end of the year, don’t overlook these important business tax deductions.

1. Auto Expenses

If you use your car for business, or your business owns its own vehicle, you can deduct some of the costs of keeping it on the road. Mastering the rules of car expense deductions can be tricky, but well worth your while.

There are two methods of claiming expenses:

  • Actual expense method. You keep track of and deduct all of your actual business-related expenses.
  • Standard mileage rate method. You deduct a certain amount (the standard mileage rate) for each mile driven, plus all business-related tolls and parking fees. Check the IRS website for the current standard mileage rate .

As a rule, if you use a newer car primarily for business, the actual expense method provides a larger deduction at tax time. If you use the actual expense method, you can also deduct depreciation on the vehicle. To qualify for the standard mileage rate, you must use it the first year you use a car for your business activity. Moreover, you can’t use the standard mileage rate if you have claimed accelerated depreciation deductions in prior years, or have taken a Section 179 deduction for the vehicle. (For more on Section 179, see “New Equipment,” below.)

If your auto is used for both business and pleasure, only the business portion produces a tax deduction. That means you must keep track of how often you use the vehicle for business and add it all up at the end of the year. Certainly, if you own just one car or truck, no IRS auditor will let you get away with claiming that 100% of its use is related to your business.

To learn more about deducting driving expenses, see Nolo’s article How to Deduct Your Local Business Driving Expenses.

2. Expenses of Going Into Business

Once you’re running a business, expenses such as advertising, utilities, office supplies, and repairs can be deducted as current business expenses — but not before you open your doors for business. The costs of getting a business started are capital expenses. and you may deduct $5,000 the first year you’re in business; any remainder must be deducted in equal amounts over the next 15 years.

If you expect your business to make a profit immediately. you may be able to work around this rule by delaying paying some bills until after you’re in business, or by doing a small amount of business just to officially start. However, if, like many businesses, you will suffer losses during the first few years of operation, you might be better off taking the deduction over five years, so you’ll have some profits to offset.

3. Books and Legal and Professional Fees

Business books, including those that help you do without legal and tax professionals. are fully deductible as a cost of doing business.

Fees that you pay to lawyers. tax professionals, or consultants generally can be deducted in the year incurred. However, if the work clearly relates to future years, they must be deducted over the life of the benefit you get from the lawyer or other professional.

4. Bad Debts

If someone stiffs your business, the bad debt may or may not be deductible — it depends on the kind of product your business sells.

  • Goods. If your business sells goods, you can deduct the cost of goods that you sell but aren’t paid for.
  • Services. If, however, your business provides services, no deduction is allowed for time you devoted to a client or customer who doesn’t pay.

5. Business Entertaining

If you pick up the tab for entertaining present or prospective customers, you may deduct 50% of the cost if it is either:

  • directly related to the business and business is discussed at the event — for example, a catered meeting at your office; or
  • associated with the business, and the entertainment takes place immediately before or after a business discussion.

Make notes. On the receipt or bill, always make a note of the specific business purpose — for example, “Lunch with Joyce Slater of Ace Manufacturing Co. to discuss widget contract.”

6. Travel

When you travel for business, you can deduct many expenses, including the cost of plane fare, costs of operating your car, taxis, lodging, meals, shipping business materials, cleaning clothes, telephone calls, faxes, and tips.

What about combining business and pleasure? It’s okay, as long as business is the primary purpose of the trip. However, if you take your family along, you can deduct only your own expenses.

To learn more about deducting travel expenses, see Nolo’s article Operating Expense: Deducting Travel Costs.

7. Interest

If you use credit to finance business purchases, the interest and carrying charges are fully tax-deductible. The same is true if you take out a personal loan and use the proceeds for your business. Be sure to keep good records demonstrating that the money was used for your business.

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Victory! Child Trust Funds can be moved into Junior Isas from 2015 #best #tax #free


Victory! Child Trust Funds can be moved into Junior Isas from 2015

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Teach your kids to save at up to 4% interest

The news is a huge victory for those who supported our campaign to fight for the up to six million kids with cash in CTFs.

These accounts, which were available to all babies born between September 2002 and January 2011, pay worse rates than junior Isas, available for children born outside these dates. (See our Child Trust Fund and Junior Isa guides for the top rates.)

Because CTFs are the poorer relation, millions of kids risked having their money locked into an effective financial prison, with no escape from poor returns.

Both accounts allow up to пїЅ3,720 (rising to пїЅ3,840 from April 2014) to be saved tax-free. CTFs were set up with Government vouchers of between пїЅ50 and пїЅ250, but parents are not given vouchers to fund junior Isas.

Money in a CTF or a junior Isa cannot be withdrawn until the child’s 18th birthday.

Parents will have the choice of transferring their CTF to a junior Isa, or staying within the CTF system.

‘Tweet George’ campaign

The change comes after a consultation on the issue was announced in this year’s Budget. The Treasury says “an overwhelming majority” of responses backed allowing transfers.

Chancellor George Osborne was silent on the issue in this month’s Autumn Statement, so encouraged users to tweet him and tell him to resolve the issue. founder Martin Lewis says: “Finally, the Chancellor has unlocked the prison up to six million childrenпїЅs cash has been locked in.пїЅ The big surprise, though, is he didnпїЅt do this sooner.пїЅ It was expected in the Autumn Statement.

“That miss meant he faced real criticism across the spectrum.пїЅ Until that point, I doubt the Government realised the strength of feeling.пїЅ

“ThatпїЅs why we started the пїЅtweet GeorgeпїЅ campaign пїЅ getting scores of parents to tweet the Chancellor to tell him to sort the mess out.пїЅ ItпїЅs interesting to see such a quick reaction.

“The news is a great benefit as CTFs are outdated accounts with higher charges.пїЅ

“Compared to junior Isas, rates are lower and thereпїЅs far less competition as accounts are closed to new joiners.пїЅ This news should see an increase in rates and choice.пїЅ Plus, itпїЅs a boon to parents with children of different ages who were forced to have different types of account.пїЅ

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Rental Property Tax Prep

Rental properties can be great investments and offer ways to shelter your taxable income. However, there are several tax related issues during the purchase, management and sale of your rental property. The proper handling, coordination and reporting of taxable events such as closing costs, repairs versus improvements, depreciation. seemingly innocent HOA dues and mileage can improve your tax consequence. While incorrect tax reporting can start the slow brewing of future problems.

Please see our Rental Property FAQs to review several tax issues including rental deductions and rental depreciation.

Rental Depreciation

One of the most frequent questions from taxpayers is regarding rental property depreciation. Should you do it or no? Well, the IRS says it doesn t matter because of little rule called allowed versus allowable. I painted the inside and out. Do I depreciate that? I put carpet in the whole place. Do I expense that? I put carpet in just one room. Now what? Deducting expenses and capitalizing improvements must be handled properly. Let us help! For now, read our Repairs Versus Improvements KB article.

Rental Property Consultants

The principals at the Watson CPA Group have been rental property owners since 1996, and can offer comprehensive tax advice coupled with real-life rental property business consultation. Whether you have one rental or several, single family or multi-unit, own them personally, in a self directed IRA or in an LLC with your partners, we have the practical experience to accurately prepare your rental property tax returns. More importantly, we have the expertise to help you plan for the future!

Other questions come up, such as moving back into your rental. How do you handle rental depreciation recapture? Should I put my rentals into an LLC? What about Hold Harmless Agreements with my tenants? How is the current gain on personal residence sale of $250,000 and $500,000 handled with part years being a rental? Common questions- but each answer must be customized to your unique situation.

Considering a Section 1031 exchange to defer capital gains? Also known as like-kind exchanges. This can be a great plan, but needs guidance before, during and after. There are some tricks of trade too like increasing land allocation upon sale to eat into some of the recaptured depreciation since land is not depreciated but goes up in value. Location location location.

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Many tax preparation companies charge you a basic rate, and then add on additional charges for eFiling, joint returns, rental properties, capital gains, small businesses, etc. And once you re committed and find out the total fee, it s too late. We offer a fee range of $300 to $600 for most rental property owners who are organized and use our simple, customized online submit forms. Our fee always includes your rental depreciation schedules, state tax return and eFiling.

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Real Estate Professional IRS Election

To be a real estate professional, an individual must spend the majority of his or her time in real property businesses which include development or redevelopment, construction or reconstruction, acquisition or conversion, rental, management or operation, leasing and / or brokerage.

In addition, more than half of the personal services performed in all businesses during the year must be performed in real estate businesses. So, if you have garden variety W2 job working 2000 hours a year, you need to spend 2001 hours in real estate activities. Wait! There s more. Second, your hours worked in the real estate activity must be more than 750 hours. Steep thresholds.

If you own multiple rental properties each will be considered a separate entity and you must satisfy the above requirements on each property independently unless an election is made to treat all those interests as a single activity. This election is simply a statement that is attached to your tax return. And under Revenue Procedure 2010-13, you can make the election retroactively (typically requires amending a tax return just for the election).

Once you qualify as a real estate professional, you must materially participate in the operation of your rental property business. This is where it gets tricky, and this is where most rental property owners get into trouble. If you cannot prove material participation in your rental activities, you will be subjected to passive loss limitations (currently $25,000).

Realtors and agents beware! Just because you spend 3,000 hours hauling around buyers doesn t mean you are a slam dunk for the real estate professional designation. Real estate agent DOES NOT automatically qualify you. The material participation rules must be met, and the 750 hours dedicated to your rental activity is outside your work as a real estate agent, realtor, broker, etc.

For more information directly related to the IRS definition of real estate professional and the tests for material participation please read our article at-

This is a hot topic for the IRS so stay out of trouble. give us a call!

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Best Virginia Beach, VA Tax Attorneys #tax #attorney #virginia #beach


Top Rated Tax Lawyers in Virginia Beach, VA

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New Mexico Property Taxes By County #property #tax, #median #new #mexico #property #tax, #new #mexico



Avg. 0.55% of home value

Tax amount varies by county

The median property tax in New Mexico is $880.00 per year for a home worth the median value of $160,900.00. Counties in New Mexico collect an average of 0.55% of a property’s assesed fair market value as property tax per year.

New Mexico has one of the lowest median property tax rates in the United States, with only eight states collecting a lower median property tax than New Mexico.

New Mexico’s median income is $52,032 per year, so the median yearly property tax paid by New Mexico residents amounts to approximately % of their yearly income. New Mexico is ranked 39th of the 50 states for property taxes as a percentage of median income.

The exact property tax levied depends on the county in New Mexico the property is located in. Bernalillo County collects the highest property tax in New Mexico, levying an average of $1,530.00(0.81% of median home value) yearly in property taxes, while Harding County has the lowest property tax in the state, collecting an average tax of $255.00(0.36% of median home value) per year.

For more localized property tax rates, find your county on the property tax map of New Mexico to the left or in the county list below. Jump to county list ►

New Mexico Property Tax Rates

Property taxes are collected on a county level, and each county in New Mexico has its own method of assessing and collecting taxes. As a result, it’s not possible to provide a single property tax rate that applies uniformly to all properties in New Mexico.

Instead, provides property tax statistics based on the taxes owed on millions of properties across New Mexico. These statistics allow you to easily compare relative property taxes across different areas, and see how your property taxes compare to taxes on similar houses in New Mexico.

The statistics provided here are state-wide. For more localized statistics, you can find your county in the New Mexico property tax map or county list found on this page.

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Keep in mind that assessments are done on a property-by-property basis, and our calculators cannot take into account any specific features of your property that could result in property taxes that deviate from the average in your area.

Your county’s property tax assessor will send you a bill detailing the exact amount of property tax you owe every year.

New Mexico Property Taxes By County

You can choose any county from our list of New Mexico counties for detailed information on that county’s property tax, and the contact information for the county tax assessor’s office. Alternatively, you can find your county on the New Mexico property tax map found at the top of this page. Hint: Press Ctrl+F to search for your county’s name

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Melissa Iyer Julian

Melissa Iyer Julian has been practicing with Burch Cracchiolo since 2006. Melissa s practice focuses on complex business litigation matters and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, stock or membership purchases, asset purchases, and commercial lease negotiations. She has represented numerous businesses, including trucking companies, and trucking brokerage companies in connection with contract disputes, personal injury litigation, employment litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and other corporate matters.

Melissa also maintains an active civil appellate practice and has argued several times in both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also serves as a mediator on a variety of commercial disputes and in 2015 alone, she successfully settled cases involving professional malpractice, commercial lease disputes, and deficiency liability.

Honors Awards

AZ Big Media: 20 Most Influential Millennials working in Arizona, 2017
Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2017
Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2014

Representative Engagements

Successfully represented trucking company in employee disputes, coverage disputes with company s insurer, and analyzing and responding to concerns regarding regulatory compliance with Department of Transportation regulations

Successfully mediated various private disputes on a wide variety of issues including legal malpractice, guarantor liability, and commercial lease disputes.

Successfully obtained a 1.1 million dollar verdict for a commercial diving company against its insurance agent for professional malpractice and breach of contract to procure insurance.

Defended multi-million dollar case involving a Ponzi scheme and alleged third-party liability for professional negligence and aiding and abetting.

Prosecuted claims involving multi-million dollar losses on behalf of receivership, arising out of Ponzi scheme and third-party aiding and abetting liability.

Assisted B C team in editing and drafting Membership Interest Purchase Agreement and accompanying disclosure schedules along with due diligence review for transaction valued at over $200 million dollars

Acted as lead counsel in complex restructuring and recapitalization transaction affecting partner compensation, ownership, and management of a professional corporation (law firm);

Negotiated and drafted complex commercial retail lease agreements and other business contracts including subcontractor agreements, vendor agreements, employment agreements, and commercial real estate loans.

Professional Leadership

Judge Pro Tem. Maricopa County Superior Court
Executive board member, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum 2012-2016
Speaker/Panelist, Work Life Integration Plan, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum, November 2012

Professional Affiliations

Maricopa County Bar Association
Arizona Women Lawyer s Association
Young Lawyers Division of Arizona Bar Association

Presentations and Publications

“Avoiding the Pitfalls of Doing Business with Tribal Governments and Entities”, Primerus Paradigm magazine, Fall 2012 issue, co-authored with Todd Julian

“Don t Go to Hell: The Ten Commandments of Business Litigation and Why Following Them Will Keep You Out of Court”, e-book chapter Execsense, October 2012

“Misconduct: Are You Your Employee s Keeper?” by Melissa Iyer Julian

Speaker, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum, “Mastering the Art of Negotiation: The Power of Personal Contacts,” October 2015

Reported Cases

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) (as amicus curiae)

Horne v. Flores, 129 S. Ct. 2579 (2009)

Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. 133 S. Ct. 2247, 186 L. Ed. 2d 239 (2013)

Flores v. Huppenthal, 789 F.3d 994 (9th Cir. 2015)

Beltran v. Harrah s Arizona Corp. 220 Ariz. 29, 202 P.3d 494 (Ct. App. 2008)

In re Estate of Zilles, 219 Ariz. 527, 200 P.3d 1024 (Ct. App. 2008)

Dooley v. O Brien, 226 Ariz. 149, 244 P.3d 586 (Ct. App. 2010)

Smith v. Pinnamaneni, 227 Ariz. 170, 254 P.3d 409 (Ct. App. 2011)

Community Involvement

TGen Official Ambassador
Arizona Bar Foundation, Next Generation Founding Fellow
Camelback High School, Toastmasters Program
Member, Amicus Committee, State Bar of Arizona
Member, Editorial Board, Arizona Attorney magazine, 2015
Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Women s Leadership Forum
Volunteer attorney Arizona Domestic Violence Assistance Program
Board member, Beatitudes Agelink, December 2010-October 2012


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Car Donation

You’ve probably heard or seen the ads before. Donate your old car to a charity, and receive a tax deduction in return.

Sounds like a good idea. Do something nice for someone else and get rewarded for it. Is there a catch?

Maybe. Before you give away your vehicle, be aware of the potential pitfalls of car donation.

Beware of Car Donation Scams

The car donation business attracts scammers. Sometimes the charitable organization itself is fake. Sometimes the people selling the cars are fraudulent. Sometimes, it’s even the towing company that is taking people for a ride.

Even otherwise trustworthy citizens were getting in on the action until a few years ago. Before 2005, anyone donating a car could subtract the “fair market value” of their car on their taxes. Unfortunately, in many cases, the fair market value was hopelessly out of sync with reality. The true market value of the vehicle wasn’t near the “book value” of the car, so some donors were getting an artificially high break on their taxes.

But the laws have since changed. We’ll get to that in a bit.

The car donation business is big―and growing. Donating a car is a great way to help fund charities. Today, most charities are in greater need than ever. Recent tragedies, like Hurricane Katrina, mean that people who usually donate to their local charity are donating to help these folks instead. There are only so many donations to go around.

Most charities contract someone else to run the car donation programs.

Make Sure Your Donated Cars Will Be Well Spent

So how can you protect yourself from car donation scams? And what about these new tax rules?

Begin by asking a lot of questions of the charity you are donating a car to.

  • Find out what percentage of the proceeds from sales of donated cars will go to the organization.
  • Find out whether the charity intends to sell the car donation or will keep it for its own use.
  • Ask who’s doing the actual selling and what percentage they charge.

Don’t be bashful about asking questions. It’s your vehicle, and this could be the biggest donation you’ll make this year.

Other things to remember when donating cars:

  • Make sure you have the right charity. Many of them have similar names, and it’s easy to confuse a local charity with one from far away.
  • If your favorite charity doesn’t advertise that it accepts car donations, ask anyway. Many need cars to use or would be willing to accept your car and then sell it.

If you still have concerns, contact your state attorney general’s office or your local Better Business Bureau office for more information.

You should check to make sure that the charity you are donating cars to is viewed as a tax-exempt organization in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

You can also ask the organization to show you a copy of its tax-exempt status determination letter.

Some organizations, such as churches, synagogues, and government entities, aren’t listed in the publication. However, a donation to any of these organizations is still considered to be tax deductible.

It’s a good idea to transfer the title of any donated cars to the organization and make a copy of the title transfer for yourself. Take a picture of your vehicle before handing it over.

Claim the Car Donation Deduction

Not surprisingly, the tax rules concerning car donations are a little confusing. It’s best to check with the IRS or download IRS Publication 4303: A Donor’s Guide to Vehicle Donations for complete details.

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