Tax Benefits of Donating
Why You Should Give Back
Charitable giving and donating are powerful ways to positively impact your community and support those in need. The holiday season is known for its abundance of food, gifts, and quality time with friends and family—but not everyone is fortunate enough to have the support system or funds to enjoy this season of celebration. Luckily there are multiple ways to donate this holiday season and all year round to help support your community and those in need while receiving tax benefits. Donating is a selfless and impactful act that is recognized and rewarded with substantial tax benefits. The tax benefits of donating require documentation and proof in order to reward deserving individuals for their charitable donations. Before we get into the tax benefits let’s dive into the most impactful types of charitable contributions you can make this year.
Types of Charitable Contributions
Charitable contributions can be divided into three general categories: cash donations, non-cash donations, and appreciated assets. To receive tax benefits, donations must be donated to verified charity organizations and well documented.
- Cash Donations: Cash donations are one of the most popular types of donations and can be made with cash, checks, or online transactions.
- Non-Cash Donations: Non-cash donations include items like clothing, furniture, food, and so on.
- Appreciated Assets: Most people are unaware that stocks and other assets can be donated as charitable gifts. It not only makes a big impact for charities, but it also helps you avoid capital gain taxes if your stocks or assets have appreciated in value.
Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving
The tax benefits connected to charitable giving rewards deserving individuals for their donations. To see a real difference on your taxes, larger amounts will receive larger benefits. If you’re planning on donating the same amount every year, try donating a larger lump sum this year to receive better tax benefits in the long-term. Here are two types of tax benefits you can receive for donating.
Deducting Charitable Cash Donation
Itemized deductions of charitable cash donations to public charities can be deducted up to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) while private charities can be deducted up to 30%. Each charity has specific deduction limits and guidelines. Check out this contribution deductions & benefits resource from the IRS to better understand the limits and benefits.
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)
This type of tax benefit is only available to individuals 70 and a half years old or older with a traditional or ROTH IRA. These individuals can donate up to $100,000 from their retirement account directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying any tax on the income.
Give Back to Your Community
Giving back to your community is a selfless way to celebrate the holidays this season. Not only do you help support those in need, but you also get deductions and other benefits on your taxes. When navigating the documents and forms for the tax benefits of donating, seek out professional advice at 1st Community Credit Union with offices in Sparta, West Salem, and Tomah. Put your community first with help from 1st Community Credit Union today!
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