The gift of an asset, often common stock or mutual fund shares, is a valuable way to make a contribution to a charitable organization and receive tax benefits based on the value of the assets. For example, suppose Ted and Alicia had 300 shares of XYZ Corporation that they had purchased at $15 a share some years ago. The current value in today's market is $36 a share. If they sold stock in the market, they would have a taxable, long-term capital gains on the difference between their cost and what they receive from the sale. ($36 minus $15 = $21 capital gains per share; 300 shares x 21= $6,300 in capital gains.)
They could sell the stock, pay tax on the capital gains, and either keep or donate the proceeds. If, instead of selling the stock, Ted and Alicia gave the 300 shares to their charity, they would not incur any capital gains and would be able to deduct the current value (300 shares x $36 = $10,800) as a charitable gift. By donating the stock, the charity receives more than it would have if Ted and Alicia first sold the stock and then donated the proceeds after deducting the capital gains taxes. Also, Ted and Alicia receive a greater tax deduction by giving the stock directly to the charity and avoiding the capital gains tax.
For more information about donating stock please contact our Executive Director Michelle Vichot.
|Shares Sold||Shares Donated|
|Tax on Gain||$1,575||$0|
|Income Tax Deduction||$0||$10,800|
|Income Tax Saved||$0||$3,100|
|Gift Value to Club||$0||$10,800|
Example assumes shares owned for more than 12 months. Donor is in 28% tax bracket, 20% gains tax rate and 5% state income tax rate. Tax rates may vary state to state.