Pride Month: 5 Tax Tips For Giving
The TCJA increased the standard deduction to $12,000 per taxpayer ($24,000 per married couple), making it harder to see a tax benefit from charitable giving. Here are some ideas to get better results for your charitable dollar:
1. Bundle your contributions
Small gifts annually are more likely to stay under the threshold for itemized deductions. Instead of making small gifts annually, consider making several years’ worth of giving at once. With good planning, you can time large donations to fall in a tax year when you anticipate more taxable income.
2. Have a required minimum distribution from your IRA? Make a charitable distribution
This is one of the best strategies to benefit from your charitable giving for those over age 70½. A charitable gift transferred directly from your IRA will be excluded from your taxable income.
3. Donate appreciated stocks
Did you make a smart investment 10 years ago but dread the capital gains tax due when you sell? Donating appreciated stock, held more than one year, to a qualified charity lets you get a deduction for the full fair market value without realizing the gain on your tax return.
4. Set up a donor-advised fund
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a great strategy for people who want to make a large charitable gift in the current tax year but also want flexibility in the timing or recipient of the charitable giving. Contribution to a DAF will provide a deduction in the year of gift with few restrictions on how and when the money will be distributed to charities down the road.
5. Charitable trusts: the path to long-term legacy building
If charitable giving with a lasting impact is part of your planning goal, charitable trusts are a great option to share your wealth among charitable and non-charitable beneficiaries. Depending on the structure, a charitable trust can provide a substantial income tax deduction or serve to reduce your total taxable estate for estate and gift tax purposes.
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