Category Archives: Tax & Estate Planning

Why Daniel Gives: Tax Efficiency to Get the Job Done

Why Daniel Gives: Tax Efficiency to Get the Job Done

Each month we share how current DonorsTrust clients use a donor-advised fund to fulfill their charitable goals in our Client Stories series. Our latest feature focuses on a client who uses his fund to increase his tax-savings and then maximize his impact with the organizations he cares for. You can read the previous installment featuring Gerry Ohrstrom here

Daniel …

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The SECURE Act’s Impact on Inheritors

The SECURE Act’s Impact on Inheritors

At the end of 2019, President Trump signed the SECURE Act. The SECURE Act changed rules governing inherited Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other qualified plan distributions. The legislation marks the most substantial change to various retirement accounts in many years, and requires you to rethink who you name as account beneficiaries who might inherit your account or accounts.…

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Putting Your DAF to Work: Gifting Appreciated Stock

Putting Your DAF to Work: Gifting Appreciated Stock

Emily wasn’t sure if she had the resources to open a donor-advised fund. She wanted to join DonorsTrust’s Novus Society for younger givers, but setting aside the money to start an account and make gifts seemed tough. But then she remembered that stock….

Nearly two decades ago, she convinced her parents to buy her a few shares of a stock. …

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Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA… to a DAF?

Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA… to a DAF?

Donors over age 70 ½ might be interested in making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from their IRA. That’s understandable. A QCD allows taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to exclude up to $100,000 from their taxable income each year. This has the benefit of reducing adjusted gross income (AGI). Qualified Charitable Distributions also count towards the annual required minimum …

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How Susan Gives: Carefully Discerning the Future

How Susan Gives: Carefully Discerning the Future

In our Client Stories series, we share how real DonorsTrust clients use their donor-advised funds in different ways to achieve their charitable goals both in life and after. This month we feature one such couple who has set up their fund as a bequest account using it to steward their charitable legacy. You can read last month’s feature here

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Charitable Solutions Guide: Picking, Saving, Bunching

Charitable Solutions Guide: Picking, Saving, Bunching

The end of the year isn’t the only time to make charitable gifts. In fact, it could be the worst time given that everyone else does it.

Still, whether because of bonuses, holiday cheer, or the intense marketing efforts of charities after Thanksgiving, a preponderance of folks cluster their giving as the year winds down.

Let’s embrace that. And since …

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The Bunching Strategy for Charitable Giving

The Bunching Strategy for Charitable Giving

If you read the popular press, you’ve probably read or seen headlines about the “bunching” strategy. This strategy has become increasingly popular as people adjust to the new standard deduction, which was doubled for tax years beginning with 2018. It’s a strategy that might be of particular interest if you are charitable and seek income tax minimization (don’t we all).…

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The Portfolio Approach to Planned Giving

The Portfolio Approach to Planned Giving

When formulating your estate, gift and income tax plan, first and foremost define your goals. If one goal is furthering your philanthropy, any of three broad planning categories, each with its own set of techniques and vehicles, are available to achieve a combination of your charitable, tax, and other financial goals.

The three broad categories of charitable planning techniques are …

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What Evan Left: Sue Scharf on Her Husband’s Legacy Gift

What Evan Left: Sue Scharf on Her Husband’s Legacy Gift

This month, our Client Stories series highlights a bequest client, Evan Scharf and how he and his wife Sue used their DonorsTrust donor-advised fund for planned giving. You can read the previous feature from a Novus client, Melanie Hildreth here.

Evan Scharf today can only speak through the legacy he left behind. He passed away in 2016, before his …

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