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For 2021, charitable contributions can reduce taxes for both itemizers and non-itemizers. Taxpayers who take the standard deduction can claim an above-the-line deduction of $300 ($600 for married couples filing jointly) for cash contributions to qualified charitable organizations.


The adjusted gross income limit for cash donations is 100% for 2021; it’s scheduled to return to 60% for 2022. That means you could offset all of your taxable income with charitable contributions this year. (Donations to donor advised funds and private foundations don’t qualify, though).


Retired taxpayers who are age 70½ and older can reduce their taxable income by making qualified charitable contributions of up to $100,000 from their non-Roth IRAs. Retired or not, individuals age 72 and older can use such contributions to satisfy their annual required minimum distributions (RMDs). Note that RMDs were suspended for 2020 but are effective for 2021.


Gifting appreciated securities is one of the most effective means of tax savings possible. By transferring appreciated securities directly to FRA you avoid any capital gains tax, and receive a charitable income tax deduction.


So long as the assets would be considered long-term if they were sold, donations of appreciated assets offer a double-barreled tax benefit. You avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciation and can deduct the asset’s fair market value as of the date of the gift.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. As always, please consult with your tax advisor regarding how these guidelines might impact your specific circumstances.


Contact the President's Office

698 Cox Creek Parkway

Florence, AL 35630

256-767-1203 ext. 2004

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