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As we near year-end, there are several sound strategies to increase tax savings and facilitate a gift to programs you value at The University of Toledo.
Tax-Efficient Ways to Give
Cash: Always a simple and easy gift transaction! Remember, if mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by December 31, 2008. Cash gifts are deductible up to 50% of adjusted gross income with a five year carry over of any excess deduction.
Stocks or Mutual Funds: Gifts of appreciated securities and mutual funds owned for one year or more produce a double tax benefit – you avoid capital gains tax and you are eligible for a charitable income tax deduction of the fair market value of the asset up to 30% of your adjusted gross income with a five year carry over of any excess deduction. You should allow at least one month to complete a transfer of mutual fund shares.
Stocks Sold at a Loss: You lose your deduction for loss in value of the stock if you give it directly to a charity. However, if you sell the stock at a loss, that generates a tax deductible loss. Then you can gift the sale proceeds and be eligible for a charitable deduction of cash.
Life Insurance Policies: A gift of an existing policy generally will produce a charitable income tax deduction and gifts of future premiums also will be deductible. This is an effective means of using a policy when the reasons for the original purchase are no longer compelling.
Life Income Plans: A charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust provide a specified income for life while the residue or remainder passes to the programs important to you. Appreciated assets, such as stock, are a practical funding source that helps you diversify and reinvest while obtaining tax savings.