Sioux Empire Wheels to Work

A South Dakota Non-Profit Corporation Working in Cooperation with the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Wheels to Work?
A: Wheels to work (WtW] assists low-income, single parent families in obtaining a reliable vehicle.


Q: How Does it Work?
A: First, individuals needing a vehicle should obtain, complete and mail the vehicle application form.

Second, the Wheels to Work Committee screens the applications for eligibility.

Third, the accepted applicant is matched with an appropriate vehicle as soon as possible.

Lastly, the vehicle becomes the property of the applicant after payment of taxes, transfer fee, small administrative fee and license plates. The applicant assumes all responsibility for insurance and any other costs for the vehicle.


Q: Who is Eligible?
A: Applicants must:

Be a resident of Minnehaha County South Dakota, or surrounding area.
• Be job hunting, employed, or attending school
• Own no other functioning vehicle
• Be a single parent and at least 18 years of age
• Have a valid driver's license
• Have funds to register vehicle (sales tax, license plate renewal, transfer title fee, and a small WtW administrative fee.)

Q: How Can I Donate a Vehicle or Funds to Wheels to Work?
A: Please call DiAnn Kothe at Southeast Technical Institute, 367-6110, or Karen, at 941-4318, for more information about making a vehicle donation.
Donations may be tax-deductible.
 
Cash donations can be sent to:

Sioux Empire Wheels to Work
c/o Karen
5400 W 57th St., #7
Sioux Falls, SD 571O6

Sioux Empire Wheels to Work is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.

Q: If I Donate a Vehicle or Funds to Sioux Empire Wheels to Work, will I be able to deduct it on my income tax?
A: Each taxpayer's circumstances are different. We cannot offer tax advice; we suggest you contact your tax advisor.
For more information on tax deductions, see IRS Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations, IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions, IRS TAX TIP 2007-58, Deducting Vehicle Donations, and your tax advisor.

Q: Why donate to Sioux Empire Wheels instead of another charity?
A: Many charities sell donated vehicles for cash; typically the vehicle is taken to a wholesale auction lot where it is sold for far less than the 'book' value. When that happens, only the sale price would be deductable for the donors income tax. Nearly all vehicles donated to Sioux Empire Wheels to Work are not sold, but are passed on to qualified recipients; therefore donors may be eligible to deduct the fair market value of a vehicle.
For more information on this difference, see IRS Publication 4303, A Donor’s Guide to Car Donations, IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions, IRS TAX TIP 2007-58, Deducting Vehicle Donations, and your tax advisor.
Sioux Empire Wheels to Work is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.

Q: Does Sioux Empire Wheels to Work ever sell donated vehicles for cash?
A. NO. If we get a vehicle that we cannot use, we will return it to the donor or donate it to the American Lung Association of South Dakota.  We only do this when the vehicle is not a safe reliable vehicle for our applicants. 

Q: Is My Vehicle Needed by Sioux Empire Wheels to Work?
A: Vehicles are always needed. Our waiting list usually has 12-15 families on it. They wait months for a vehicle. More vehicles would help them get their needed transportation much faster.