Instructions For Form 1098-C - Contributions Of Motor Vehicles, Boats, And Airplanes - 2016


Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Instructions for Form 1098-C
Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes
Section 6720 Penalties
Section references are to the Internal Revenue Code unless otherwise
Section 6720 imposes penalties on any donee organization that is
Future Developments
required under section 170(f)(12) to furnish an acknowledgment to a
donor if the donee organization knowingly:
For the latest information about developments related to Form 1098-C
Furnishes a false or fraudulent acknowledgment; or
and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were
Fails to furnish an acknowledgment in the manner, at the time, and
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showing the information required by section 170(f)(12).
Other penalties may apply. See part O in the 2016 General
Instructions for Certain Information Returns.
In addition to these specific instructions, you should also use the 2016
General Instructions for Certain Information Returns. Those general
instructions include information about the following topics.
An acknowledgment containing a certification described in box 5a or
Who must file (nominee/middleman).
5b will be presumed to be false or fraudulent if the qualified vehicle is
When and where to file.
sold to a buyer other than a needy individual (as explained in the
Electronic reporting requirements.
instructions for box 5b) without a significant intervening use or material
Corrected and void returns.
improvement (as explained in the instructions for box 5a) within 6
Statements to recipients.
months of the date of the contribution. If a charity sells a donated vehicle
at auction, the IRS will not accept as substantiation an acknowledgment
Taxpayer identification numbers.
from the charity stating the vehicle is to be transferred to a needy
Backup withholding.
individual for significantly below fair market value. Vehicles sold at
auction are not sold at prices significantly below fair market value, and
Other general topics.
the IRS will not treat vehicles sold at auction as qualifying for this
You can get the general instructions at
The penalty for an acknowledgment relating to a qualified vehicle for
Specific Instructions
which box 4a must be checked is the larger of:
The gross proceeds from the sale, or
Who Must File
The sales price stated in the acknowledgment multiplied by 39.6%.
A donee organization must file a separate Form 1098-C, Contributions of
The penalty for an acknowledgment relating to a qualified vehicle for
Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes, with the IRS for each contribution
which box 5a or 5b must be checked is the larger of:
of a qualified vehicle that has a claimed value of more than $500. A
$5,000, or
qualified vehicle is any motor vehicle manufactured primarily for use on
The claimed value of the vehicle multiplied by 39.6%.
public streets, roads, and highways; a boat; or an airplane. However,
Donor's Identification Number
property held by the donor primarily for sale to customers, such as
inventory of a car dealer, is not a qualified vehicle.
See part J of the 2016 General Instructions for Certain Information
Returns for details on requesting the donor's identification number. If the
Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment
donor does not provide an identification number, you must check box 7
If a donor contributes a qualified vehicle to you with a claimed value of
because the acknowledgment will not meet the requirements of section
more than $500, you must furnish a contemporaneous written
170(f)(12) and the donor will not be allowed to claim a deduction of more
acknowledgment of the contribution to the donor under section 170(f)
than $500 for the qualified vehicle.
(12) containing the same information shown on Form 1098-C.
Truncating donor's identification number on donee statements.
Otherwise, the donor cannot claim a deduction of more than $500 for
Pursuant to Treasury Regulations section 301.6109-4, all filers of this
that vehicle. Copy B of Form 1098-C may be used for this purpose. An
form may truncate a donor’s identification number (social security
acknowledgment is considered contemporaneous if it is furnished to the
number (SSN), individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), adoption
donor no later than 30 days after the:
taxpayer identification number (ATIN), or employer identification number
Date of the sale, if you are required to check box 4a; or
(EIN)) on donee statements. Truncation is not allowed on any
Date of the contribution, if you are required to check box 5a or 5b.
documents the filer files with the IRS. A filer’s identification number may
not be truncated on any form. See part J in the 2016 General Instructions
Provide the donor with Copies B and C of Form 1098-C or your own
for Certain Information Returns.
acknowledgment that contains the required information. For
contributions for which you completed an acknowledgment in calendar
Box 1. Date of Contribution
year 2016, file Copy A by February 28, 2017 (March 31, 2017, if filed
electronically). See the 2016 General Instructions for Certain Information
Enter the date you received the motor vehicle, boat,
Returns for more information on how to file.
or airplane from the donor.
Do not file Form 1098-C for a contribution of a qualified vehicle
Boxes 2a, 2b, 2c, and 2d. Odometer Mileage,
with a claimed value of $500 or less. However, you may use it
Year, Make, and Model of Vehicle
as the contemporaneous written acknowledgment under
section 170(f)(8) by providing the donor with Copy C only. If you use
Enter the appropriate information in each box. Enter mileage only for
Copy C as the acknowledgment, you must check box 7. In addition, do
motor vehicles in box 2a. The following table shows three examples.
not complete boxes 4a through 5c or enter the donor's identification
number on the form. You may, but are not required to, enter the donee's
federal identification number on the form.
Aug 28, 2015
Cat. No. 39750N


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