Year-End Giving Simplified

by | Nov 1, 2021 | News

Community Foundation simplifies giving for donors and helps maximize the benefit of donations to better our community.  In 2021, there are a number of tax incentives for philanthropic giving, some of which may expire at the end of the year.  Thus, there is no better time to donate to a good cause!

CARES Act Tax Incentives for 2021

Generally, only those who itemize deductions may deduct charitable contributions. In 2021, individuals not itemizing deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 per individual, or $600 for those who are married and filing jointly. 

Individuals who itemize may deduct qualified contributions of up to 100% of adjusted gross income (AGI), rather than the prior limitation of just 60%.  Corporations (C Corporations) can deduct qualified contributions up to 25% of taxable income (formerly limited to 10%). 

Contributions to Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) do not qualify for the new incentives.  There have been no changes, however, to the “normal” AGI limits when contributing to DAFs.  The result is that a taxpayer may still deduct up to 60% of AGI in cash contributed to a DAF.

Contributing to a Donor Advised Fund

A higher standard charitable deduction threshold was implemented in 2017. To itemize deductions, the total deduction must exceed $12,550 for an individual (up from $6,350) or $25,100 for married couples filing jointly (up from $12,700). To take advantage of higher deductions, use a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) to condense several years of charitable giving into 2021  and gain the maximum tax benefit allowed.

Using Your IRA RMD to Make Charitable Contributions

The CARES Act did not change the rules regarding charitable contributions from IRA accounts.  Individuals over 70 ½ may annually donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to a charity.  These “Qualified Charitable Distributions” (QCDs) may be made tax-free if directed to a nonprofit organization like CFNLA.  Notably, QCDs may not be made to a DAF but may be made to all other types of funds at CFNLA or to another nonprofit.

If you are considering any of the strategies listed, please consult your personal tax advisor. 

Interested in making a contribution or creating a fund? Contact CFNLA: [email protected] or 318-221-0582.