A topical issue for Tuesday: Will the new tax act affect beneficial donations? The tax deduction act, which came into…
A topical issue for Tuesday: Will the new tax act affect beneficial donations?
The tax deduction act, which came into force earlier this year, doubled the standard deduction. The standard deduction rose from $ 6,350 in 2017 to $ 12,000 for individuals and $ 12,700 to $ 24,000 for married filing in common.
Nonprofit organizations were worried that they would lose big donations this year as a result of the change, says Patrick Rooney, an economist and philanthropy professor. Households were likely to provide an estimated $ 13.1 billion less per year, a decrease of 4.6%, according to his research.
Taxpayers adjust how much they donate in any year based on whether their donations are deductible or whether their tax liabilities will be affected according to a separate Philanthropy Outlook report produced by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
People can double up beneficial donations every two years to exceed the standard deduction, experts said. Because the standard deduction has doubled, people can decide to donate to charities every two years so that they exceed their deductions.
This strategy is not meaningful to everyone, said Ros. Clients in the 1
2% federal party save only 12 cents for each dollar donated to charity, for example. It is also difficult for some individuals – especially those who have a fixed budget – to double up donations every two years.
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The rich are least likely to change their habits, according to an American trust study on high net worth philanthropy. A majority of wealthy donors said they expected to maintain their rewarding levels (84%) and another 4% said they intend to increase the amount 2018, regardless of the new tax law.
Some 50% said tax breaks had affected their beneficial rewards, while 17% said they were affected by tax incentives. “It’s a belief in the organization’s mission that causes tax benefits to be secondary,” said Juan Ros, financial advisor at Lamia Financial in Thousand Oaks, California.
Many tend to give up to the last day of the year, so the full effect will not be known until then, says Rachel Hutchisson, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy at Blackbaud, a software company that works specifically in the ideal industry.
So far, however, there is little reason for charities to be worried, she said, because the strong US economy should help increase donations this year. As of November 26, charity donations are up 4% during the year and 10% online, according to Blackbaud’s data.
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