For and against receiving “spies” in exchange for charitable car donations


Sequins are “gifts” given by charities in exchange for your donation. If you want, sort the gift. Common gifts for car charities include airline tickets and holiday packages. They are not exactly gifts and there are conditions you need to be aware of.

Businesses know the value of free advertising, and one way to achieve this is to do business with a charity. Businesses will provide access to their services or quantities of their products in exchange for charity that will publicly offer them as incentives for donations. This is a win-win-win situation. The charity receives donations from sponsors, sponsors in turn receive a “spy,” and the company that donated the spifre gets free publicity. Everyone is happy.

Let’s say a benevolent donation offers you the “joke” of two free nights at a hotel in a popular tourist destination. Great. But what most people don’t know is that you have to report the value of the inflow as tax revenue. And yes, you will pay income tax on that amount. This effectively reduces the net value of the tax deduction associated with your donation. It’s not a big deal if the cross-sectional value is negligible, but a large difference can almost completely make up for your allowable tax deduction.

Often these outbursts can prove to be a better deal than you can achieve or negotiate on your own.

Looking for tickets to the hottest show in town? Give away your car and take two of those tickets in return. For some people, the intangible value obtained far outweighs the tax consequences.

Have you searched everywhere trying to find the latest, hottest toy for your child or grandchildren? Charities constantly monitor these things and sometimes provide quantities of the hottest new products. They then conduct promotions that attract patrons to make large donations in exchange for receiving these hot products as gravel. Even if the spiff eats up a large amount of the value of your actual donation, how can you put a price on the happiness of your child or grandchild?

Let’s look at the weakness of this practice. Let’s say you’re claiming a $ 500 tax deduction tax and you’re receiving two tickets with a combined value of $ 100. Technically, you will only be allowed a charitable tax deduction of $ 400. And the value of the $ 100 tickets must be reported as income, which will then be taxed at the same rate as the rest of your income.

Another negative feature of this practice is that cameras are often difficult to use or monetize. Sometimes the companies that donate them set redemption rules so that it makes it extremely difficult to actually receive the value assigned to them and which you must now declare as income. These types of businesses want to “cash in,” so to speak, by receiving a charitable tax deduction, but they don’t really want to deposit money, a product, or a service when the time comes to buy it back.

There is also the potential for abuse of unscrupulous species. They can make a legitimate donation to receive “spies”, but they will turn around and offer for sale at an inflated price, especially if they are tickets for a mandatory event or a hot new product. This may adversely affect the reputation of the charity that issued it.

The moral of the story is to educate and engage with well-known well-known charities.