Reaping The Tax Benefits of 6 Charitable Contributions

Posted by Stacey L. Schroeffel, CPA, MST on Jan 7, 2019 2:14:00 PM

During the holiday season, we tend to be thinking about those who may not be as fortunate or who have a hard time making ends meet this time of year.  We open our checkbooks and donate money to charities.  We purchase toys for those families that may not have the means to buy gifts to put under the tree.  We pack up our gently used items and give them to organizations that distribute or sell them to those in need. There are many benefits associated with charitable giving, lower blood pressure, depression, stress level, to name a few.  Many of these benefits will coincidentally help us get through the stress of the holiday season.  However, with the right planning some might help you get through tax season.  

With the holiday season behind us and tax season upon us, the following is an overview of six different charitable contributions and how to reap their tax benefits.  

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Topics: Charitable Contributions, Tax Deductions

Tis the season for Giving | Deductible vs. Nondeductible Contributions and their limits.

Posted by Julia E. Backa, MSBM on Dec 18, 2017 8:31:00 PM

Not everyone thinks the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. The Huffington Post, CBS News, Harvard Medical School, HealthLine, etc. all have articles regarding the causes, and tips for coping with the holiday blues. Stress caused by finances, lack of time, and high expectations is mentioned as a frequent contributing factor. To cope a few sources recommend starting a new tradition involving volunteering and making charitable contributions. Perhaps this is because both volunteering and donating to charity have been found to increase happiness.

To do our part in spreading holiday cheer, we not only want to join the bandwagon in encouraging others to donate and volunteer, we want to help those that do, better understand the ins and outs of deductible vs. nondeductible contributions and the limitations on charitable contributions.

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Topics: Deductible Contributions, Charitable Contributions, Tax

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