Year-end strategies maximize your tax benefit

Anyone who’s ever given to charity knows about year-end giving and the pressure that comes along with it.  You want to get the right deduction by December 31st.  Right now you may be waiting for recommendations from your financial advisor and accountant about what needs to be done to offset potential taxes.

Giving cash is quick and easy but it isn’t necessarily tax-smart.  If you hold appreciated assets, consider contributing them instead of cash.  This will provide you with a double benefit.  You’ll receive the maximum income tax deduction and at the same time, avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciated values.

With this in consideration, gifting these assets directly to your favorite charity may become a challenge.  Many charities are not well equipped to handle this or may not be able to handle it efficiently, especially with the time constraints faced at year-end.

With the help of your financial advisor, Donor Advised Funds can handle this with ease. The gifted assets can be liquidated and made available for you to make grants to the charities you love.

We have many creative solutions to help you maximize your year-end giving. If you don’t already have a Donor Advised Fund, establishing one with us is easy.  An initial deposit of only $5,000 gets you started. You can name your trusted financial advisor to continue as manager of the contributed assets and get immediate tax benefits. From those assets, you make grant recommendations on your own time timetable.  It’s that easy.

Learn more about donor advised funds and how they operate.

About iGiftFund

iGiftFund is an IRS-recognized, independent, public charity that sponsors donor advised funds.  Its mission is to inspire donors to create, preserve and distribute their philanthropic legacy and to make a truly remarkable impact on the lives of others, including the donor.

With the hallmarks of simplicity, accessibility and low administrative fees, iGiftFund sets the standard of excellence in the industry and distinguishes itself from the large, national commercial and independent DAF sponsors. Based in Hudson, Ohio, iGiftFund works nationally with donors and with financial advisors on their familiar investment platform, in open architecture. iGiftFund’s administrative fees are the most competitive in the industry, starting at just 45 basis points on the first $500,000 tier.