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The Universal or Above the Line Income Tax Charitable Deduction

The Universal or Above the Line Income Tax Charitable Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Tax Act) doubled the standard deduction and capped deductions on state and local taxes at $10,000, while retaining the income tax charitable deduction. The doubling of the standard deduction and capping state and local taxes means far fewer taxpayers will itemize their deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. Fewer itemizers will mean fewer people benefiting from the itemization of their charitable deductions. The Council on Foundations is predicting a drop of $16B - $24B in charitable giving off a base of $390B. That’s about a 5% drop. A study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy projects a potential decline in charitable giving of 1.7% to 4.6%.

Year-End Reminder - What a Difference a Day Makes

Year-End Reminder - What a Difference a Day Makes

What prompts the flurry of calendar year-end gifts?  That all important – to many of your donors – current year charitable deduction.  A day late, a gift made on January 1st rather than December 31st, and the deduction is “lost” for a year.  Of course, a day can make a difference throughout the year, by changing what discount rate is used for calculating the deduction or in determining the amount of a first gift annuity payment. But it is of particular significance at year-end.

Downward Pressure on Deductions: IRS Discount Rate Hits All-Time Low

October’s IRS Discount Rate of 1.4% will be the lowest rate ever, putting further downward pressure on charitable deductions for gift annuity and charitable remainder annuity trust gifts. At 1.4%, an annuitant must be at least 59 for a gift annuity to be able to pay the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) suggested maximum rate.