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Jeff Lydenberg
Author: Jeff Lydenberg

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 Doesn’t Signal Much Change for Donors

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 Doesn’t Signal Much Change for Donors

A bipartisan group of ten Senators announced agreement to the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” late Sunday, August 1, 2021, and the Senate has agreed to proceed to consider the proposed legislation. The bill includes new federal investments for hard infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, broadband internet, transit, and electric utilities. A Senate vote on the bill could take place "in a matter of days," according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The Senate’s summer recess is scheduled to start August 9.

2020 is Almost Over (Phew!) and the CARES Act is Expiring

The CARES Act and 2020 Charitable Tax Benefits Legislation known as the CARES Act introduced significant incentives to stimulate charitable giving in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of those important tax incentives expire on December 31, 2020. Your donors will need to act quickly to take advantage of these tax-smart ways of giving before they are gone. Listed below are the most significant provisions applicable to charitable giving included in the CARES Act.

QCDs Done Right

Remember when planned giving called the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) the charitable IRA rollover? Remember when we didn’t know if we could ask donors to make such gifts until the last minute each year? The Internal Revenue Code defined the concept of a charitable IRA rollover as a QCD when the legislation passed all the way back to 2006. The QCD was part of a package of tax extenders that expired every December 31 unless reinstated by Congress. There were years of waiting and waiting for reinstatement of the extenders package. IRA administrators weren’t sure what to do with the QCD and planned givers kept referring to this as the charitable IRA rollover. All that changed in 2015 with the passage of the PATH Act. That legislation made the QCD permanent law and while the expression “charitable IRA rollover” still remains in some marketing materials as a synonym, it is used less often to avoid confusion.

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