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They are considered income in the hands of the recipient and must be declared on the annual income tax return.
The payer and recipient cannot file a joint income tax return for any year where a deduction for alimony payments is being claimed.
Make sure that you get a receipt from the donation center for your records to use for your income tax return.
This means that you can take a deduction on your federal income tax return for the donation of your vehicle.
Transfer the car to the charity, get a receipt for the donation, and file the receipt with the other paperwork until time to file your next income tax return.