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Bill Laskin
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IRS Announces Indexed Tax Items for 2022

IRS Announces Indexed Tax Items for 2022

The IRS has announced the values for 2022 of various tax items that are indexed annually for inflation. In general, values have been adjusted upward about 3.0%. Of particular interest to gift planners, the unified gift and estate tax exemption amount will be $12,060,000 ($24,120,000 per couple) in 2022, an increase from $11,700,000 ($23,400,000 per couple). For the first time since 2018, the annual gift tax exclusion will also increase, from $15,000 per person this year to $16,000 per person next year. Also of interest, the standard deduction in 2022 will increase to $25,900 for married couples filing jointly and to $12,950 for single filers, an increase of $800 and $400, respectively. Taxpayers who are 65 or older will qualify for an additional $1,400 in standard deduction on top of that (an additional $1,750 if single and not a surviving spouse). See Revenue Procedure 2021-45 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-20-45.pdf) for complete details, including all federal income tax schedules for 2022.

Biden Administration Releases Details on Proposed Taxation of Split-Interest Trusts

Biden Administration Releases Details on Proposed Taxation of Split-Interest Trusts

On May 28, the Biden Administration released a general explanation of its revenue proposals for Fiscal Year 2022. The so-called “Green Book” provides more detail on these proposals than had been available previously. Of especial interest to gift planners, under the heading “Treat transfers of appreciated property by gift or on death as realization events,” pages 62-64 discuss the Administration’s proposed changes to the taxation of capital gain when assets are transferred during life and at death. I reviewed some of these proposed changes regarding outright gifts and bequests of appreciated assets in a previous blog post, but until now there was no detail on how transfers to split-interest gifts would be treated.

Proposed Changes to Capital Gains Tax Could Be a Big Boost to Giving

Proposed Changes to Capital Gains Tax Could Be a Big Boost to Giving

The American Families Plan proposed by the Biden Administration includes a long list of initiatives aimed at expanding government support of children and families. It would cover much of the cost of these initiatives through a series of tax changes that include a major overhaul in the tax treatment of capital gains. It is far from certain that these tax changes will become law, but it is worthwhile to examine how they might affect the behavior of your donors if they did.

Have You Participated in the ACGA’s Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities Yet?

Have You Participated in the ACGA’s Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities Yet?

The American Council on Gift Annuities’ (ACGA) Survey of Charitable Gift Annuities is the best source of data there is on gift annuities and gift annuity programs. Right now, the ACGA is conducting its latest nationwide survey of charitable gift annuity programs and you can help! Please consider participating in this enormously valuable survey.

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