Three tax tips worth smiling about
Energy incentive extends to nonprofit organizations
Nonprofits and other exempt entities are often left out of discussions when new tax incentives are proposed in Congress, primarily because these organizations don’t pay tax. Fortunately, nonprofits are not left out of a recently enhanced tax provision known as the 179D deduction, which is intended to encourage incorporating energy efficiency measures into new or renovated buildings. While a nonprofit itself can’t use the deduction because it does not pay taxes, this incentive is still valuable as the nonprofit can transfer the deduction to the architect or engineer on the project who then uses the deduction.
If you represent nonprofit executives or board members at organizations that have undertaken capital projects (universities, for example), you’ll want to be aware of this potential benefit, in addition to keeping up in general on tax rules related to exempt entities.
This again? More crypto crack down
The ups and downs of cryptocurrency continue! If your clients are involved in the cryptocurrency market, and especially if they are contemplating giving these assets to support charitable endeavors, be aware that the IRS continues to formalize its guidance and requirements for a qualified appraisal. Recently, the IRS confirmed that an appraisal is required to claim a deduction of $5,000 or above for a gift of cryptocurrency.
A must-know: Reviewing the QCD
You’ll recall the buzz at the end of 2022 when Congress passed sweeping omnibus legislation that included a version of the long-awaited Legacy IRA provisions that expand a tool called the qualified charitable distribution, or QCD. A QCD is a financially savvy way for your clients to support charities.
As a reminder, if your client has reached the age of 70 ½, the client may be eligible to make annual distributions of up to $100,000 from IRAs directly to a qualifying public charity. Funds at GCF can also quality, such as a designated or field-of-interest fund. QCD transfers count toward satisfying clients’ required minimum distributions and therefore avoid the income tax on those dollars. Plus, distributed assets are no longer part of a client’s estate at death, which avoids estate taxes, too. The new law expands the QCD rules to allow for a one-time, $50,000 QCD to a split-interest vehicle, such as a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust, as well as indexing the QCD cap for inflation in future years.
Punchlist: What the IRS may be up to in 2023
Advisors of philanthropic clients are keeping an eye on the IRS’s list of priorities for the fiscal year, which includes a focus on several sections of the Internal Revenue Code that impact charitable giving. The team at GCF is also watching closely, and, as always, we’ll keep you posted as issues bubble up that may lead to potential charitable giving-related legislation.