Maximizing Your Charitable Impact: A Guide for Fundholders and Donors

As we conclude this year’s tax season and begin to think forward to next year, it’s essential for fundholders and donors to understand the implications charitable giving may have on their tax returns. Whether you’re a seasoned philanthropist or just starting your journey in giving back to your community, being informed about current tax regulations can optimize the impact of your contributions. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the tax landscape and identify where working with The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) may be helpful:

Maximizing Tax Benefits

1. Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA): If you’re aged 73 or older, you have the option of directing your RMD from your traditional IRA to charitable organizations like ACF. If you don’t need the full amount of your RMD to meet your living expenses, you can donate it to charity. This distribution can help you avoid penalties and lower your taxable income, potentially reducing your overall tax bill.

2. Appreciated Assets: Donating appreciated assets, such as stocks or real estate, can provide significant tax benefits. By transferring these assets directly to ACF, you can avoid capital gains tax and receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the asset at the time of donation.

3. Donor Advised Funds (DAFs): Contributing to a DAF allows you to receive an immediate tax deduction when you make a donation, even if the funds are distributed to charities in future years. This flexibility enables strategic charitable planning while maximizing tax benefits. You can establish a Donor Advised Fund at ACF.

4. Bunching Charitable Contributions: Consider “bunching” charitable contributions by consolidating several years’ worth of donations into a single year. This can help you exceed the standard deduction threshold, allowing you to itemize deductions and maximize tax savings. You can “bunch” donations to your DAF or other funds at ACF.

5. Consult with a Tax Professional: Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Consulting with a qualified tax advisor can ensure that you’re leveraging all available strategies to minimize tax liabilities and optimize your charitable giving.

At The Alaska Community Foundation, we’re committed to supporting donors and fund holders in their charitable endeavors while optimizing tax efficiencies. By understanding the tax implications of your contributions, you can amplify the impact of your generosity and make a meaningful difference in your community. If you have any questions or need assistance with tax-related matters, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Together, we weave a tapestry of impact for Alaska communities.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute tax advice. Please consult with a qualified tax professional for personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.