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The gift of an asset, often common stock or mutual fund shares, is a valuable way to make a contribution to a charitable organization and receive tax benefits based on the value of the asset(s). Davidson Housing Coalition has set up an account so that we can now accept these generous donations of appreciated assets.
Suppose Michael and Michelle had 300 shares of XYZ Corporation that they purchased at $15 a share some years ago. The current value in today’s market is $36 a share. If they sold the stock in the market, they would have a taxable, long-term capital gain on the difference between their cost and what they would receive from the sale ($36 minus $15 = $21 capital gain per share. 300 shares X $21.00 = $6,300 in capital gains).
Michael and Michelle could sell the stock, pay the tax on the capital gain, and either keep or donate the proceeds. If, however, instead of selling the stock, they gave the 300 shares to charity, they would not incur any capital gains and would be able to deduct the current value (300 shares X $36 = $10,800) on their tax return as a charitable gift. By donating the stock, the charity receives a larger gift than it would receive if Michael and Michelle first sold the stock and then donated the proceeds after deducting the capital gain taxes. Also, Michael and Michelle receive a greater tax deduction by giving the stock directly to the charity and avoiding the capital gain tax.
While the gift of appreciated assets often is stock, other marketable assets, such as land, antiques, and homes, can be utilized as potential gifts with the possibility of valuable tax benefits. However, these are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information about gifts of appreciated assets, please contact us so we can respond to your specific needs.
Please note: The information on this site does not constitute financial, legal, or tax advice. Please consult with your financial advisor, accountant, or attorney regarding your specific situation.