Your charitable contribution deductions are still a great tax savings tool, but they now require more planning. Now is a great time to look at this area as part of your tax planning exercise.
Typically, cash and non-cash charitable donations can be deducted on an itemized return. But with the standard deduction now $12,950 for single filers and $25,900 for married joint filers, itemizing this year is less beneficial for most of us.
This is especially so because many other itemizable deductions have been reduced as well, including miscellaneous itemized deductions, state and local tax deductions, and home loan interest deductions.
Leverage charitable tax planning
If you want to donate and get beneficial tax treatment, you can still make it work. Here's how:
Understand the above-the-line deduction expired. Unless Congress acts the $300 above the line deduction for charitable contributions ($600 joint filers) expired at the end of 2021. So now charitable donation deductions are only available if you itemize your deductions.
Conduct a year-end tax forecast. Plan now to see how close the amount of all your yearly itemizable items will come to exceeding your standard deduction threshold.
Bundle two-in-one. Consider bundling two years of charitable giving into one year. This will allow you to maximize your itemizations in one year, while using the tax savings of the standard deduction in the other year to help pay for your donations. Still not enough? Consider bundling three years of giving into one!
Maximize your charitable deduction. When you can take advantage of the charitable deduction, consider donating appreciated stock held longer than one year. This is a better alternative than writing a check as you avoid paying capital gains and you can deduct the fair market value of the stock as a donation.
Look into a donor advised fund. When you establish this account, you receive an immediate charitable deduction for your contributions, the contributions are then invested, and you can grant the funds to qualified charities over time.
Itemized deduction rules have changed, but you can still take advantage of the tax deductibility of your charitable giving. You simply need to adjust your tax planning. Call if you'd like to discuss this or any other tax-planning strategies.
"Tax Tips" are published to provide current tax information, tax-cutting suggestions, and tax reminders. If you would like more information on anything in "Tax Tips," or if you'd like to be on our mailing list to receive other tax information from time to time, please contact our office.
The tax information contained in this site is of a general nature and should not be acted upon in your specific situation without further details and/or professional assistance.
We are trusted CPA advisors servicing Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Darien, Naperville, and all Chicagoland area.
Do you need assistance with your business and/or personal tax returns? Would you like to have a trusted source for your accounting, allowing you additional time to focus on increasing your business? Do you use QuickBooks, or plan to in the future, for your accounting? We include these in all our service packages, customized to fit your personal or business needs.
We are currently accepting new clients. Your initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Our experienced staff is available to help you streamline your accounting, giving you more free time for yourself. Set up an appointment today by calling (630) 320-3720 or email us at email@example.com.
For more free resources, such as Tax Organizers, and Record Retention Schedules, access our website www.monarchaccountinggroup.com.
Mia Verc, CPA; Janice Papais, CPA
To better serve our clients and friends, to keep you up-to-date and informed, our blog is a resource for tax tips and overall accounting related articles. We hope you find this useful!