Based on the amount you wish to claim as a charitable contribution deduction, you need to maintain certain files and records to manifest your charitable contributions. Following are the necessary recordkeeping and filing requisites that would be helpful.
Written Acknowledgement of the Charity
You should not forget to get an acknowledgement in black and white from the charity in case the amount you are going to claim is $250 or above. The receipt must indicate the name of the charity, a detail features (excluding value of your car) and any one of the under mentioned details – a declaration that no articles or services were offered by the charity to the contributor in return for the car donation, if it has been provided, a detail and valuation of the goods or services, if any, that the charity offered in return for the contribution, or a declaration that articles or services that the charity has given in return comprised of intangible religious use.
You should obtain the written declaration on or prior to the date you filing your return for the year in which you made the contribution.