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Year-End Giving: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Year-End Giving: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

It’s the season for email newsletters hitting your inbox with tips for tax planning. We get it! With so much information flying around for your clients, too, we highly recommend that you cut through the noise and mention three key tax strategies to your clients at least twice, and ideally three times, before late December: 

  1. Don’t let clients miss out on the few provisions of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that carried over to 2021, including the ability to deduct up to 100% of adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash gifts made directly to qualifying charities and the “universal” charitable deduction of $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple).
  2. Unlike in 2020, when pandemic relief laws offered a tax break, this year your clients have to take required minimum distributions from their qualified retirement accounts. Especially for clients who take the standard deduction, you ought to consider a qualified charitable distribution, which allows eligible individuals to donate up to $100,000 directly from individual retirement accounts to a qualified charity. The FM Area Foundation is happy to help your client identify a qualified charity or structure a qualifying fund to receive a distribution.  
  3. “Bundling” or “bunching” multiple gifts into tax year 2021 can help your clients who have had exceptionally high incomes this year. Donor-advised funds at the FM Area Foundation are particularly useful in these situations. We’d love to discuss this option! 

We know you strive to identify the optimal tax strategies for each client’s charitable giving. As always, please contact us to find out how we can make year-end tax savings as frictionless as possible for you and your charitable clients.  

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You have the power to make a positive impact in two ways. You can donate to one of our 500 existing funds, or you can contact us to create a charitable fund that matches your values. Whichever route you choose, we are humbled by your trust and grateful for your kindness and generosity.

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