Charitable donations can do more than help your church, they can save you a lot of money come tax time. Whether you are looking to give $50 or $5,000 there are a slew of ways to maximize the gift of giving. The benefits primarily center around tax deductions. You are able to take dollar-for-dollar deductions. Donate Appreciated Stock to Avoid Capital Gains In addition to getting dollar-for-dollar deductions for your donations, people who own appreciated stock that they have held for longer than one year can donate the shares to their church to avoid any long-term capital gains taxes. Maybe you bought a stock ten years ago for $500 and now it’s worth $1,000. Normally if you sell you are subject to the long-term capital gains tax on the $500 gain. If you give directly to your church you’ll get a charitable deduction of $1,000 for the fair market value and avoid the long-term capital gains tax. Donate from your IRA if you are over 70 and-a-half Since the IRS requires everybody over 70½ to take money out of their IRA and retirement plan, a popular strategy over the last few years has been to give that withdrawn money to the church. By doing that you get the deduction from your charitable donation and don’t have to worry about the tax implications. Source: Clergy Financial Resources


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