Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Smart gift planning combines charitable intent with cost-efficient planning techniques. Of critical importance is the kind of asset used to fund the gift. Usually, long-term appreciated property can generate the most favorable tax benefits. Reason: Gifts of such property provide a double benefit*—a charitable deduction, in most cases, for the full fair-market value of the property—plus avoidance of any potential capital-gain tax.
The chart below illustrates the additional tax savings from a gift of appreciated assets.
*For certain high-income taxpayers (singles above $200,000 and marrieds above $250,000) additional savings may be realized by the avoidance of the 3.8% health care surtax on investment income.
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