Articles Posted in Charitable Giving

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New Tax Act Doubles Gift and Estate Tax Exemption: Now What?
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed a bill that makes huge changes to the American tax system—including the estate and gift tax. As of 2018, individuals can give away up to $11.2 million free of estate and gift tax, and couples can combine that to give away up to $22.4 million!…
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Prince’s Sister Claims He Had No Will
Last week, the New York Times reported that Prince’s sister filed a Petition in probate court in Minnesota that stated that no Will had been found for Prince’s estate. The Petition asked the court to appoint a regional bank as the administrator of Prince’s estate, and…
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Congress Makes Charitable Rollover Permanent
In last week’s end of the year budget bill, Congress made permanent the qualified charitable rollover distribution. This lets individuals who are 70 1/2 or older donate up to $100,000 a year directly from their IRA to qualified charities. By doing so, donors can reduce their taxable…
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Making Smart Charitable Gifts
As the year draws to a close, now is the time to consider making charitable gifts, both because it’s a good thing to do and because year-end charitable gifts will provide tax deductions. In addition to the time-tested check writing method, here are three other ways that you can give…
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IRA Charitable Rollover Extended for 2014
Late in the year, and at the last minute, on December 16, 2014, Congress has extended the ability of those over 70 1/2 to make direct charitable donations from their IRA’s of up to $100,000, as long as they haven’t already taken out the required minimum distribution for 2014 and…
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IRS Year-End Gifts to Charity Tips
As 2014 draws to a close, many of our clients are thinking about making annual gifts to charities. The IRS has just posted a handy article with six tips to keep in mind to make sure that you can claim an income tax deduction for the gift. Here’s a summary: 1. Qualified charities. Make…
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Focusing on Income Tax for the 99.85%
Today, the federal estate tax exemption is $5.34 million, and this number is indexed to inflation, so will rise over time. I was recently at the Stanford University and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s annual Conference on Charitable Giving, and heard that the White…
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Charitable Remainder Trusts: A Great Way to Give to Charity
If you are considering making a gift to charity in your estate plan, own assets that have appreciated significantly, and would like to get a current income tax deduction, please talk to us about establishing a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT). A CRT doesn’t have to be complicated to…
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