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year-end tax planning strategies

Year-End Tax Planning for Investors

For investors, 2020 has been marked by volatility and uncertainty. As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good idea to review your portfolio and consider strategies for reducing your tax bill, improving your cash flow and positioning yourself for future growth. Let’s take a closer look at a few tax planning moves…

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donation tax benefits

What Your Donors Need to Know About Taxes and Contributions

The heightened fundraising needs many nonprofits are feeling right now make it important that potential donors understand the tax benefits they stand to reap. Here are some of the advantages you should convey to encourage their support. Temporary incentives The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted in late March, expands the…

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There’s Still Time to Make a Deductible IRA Contribution for 2019

Do you want to save more for retirement on a tax-favored basis? If so, and if you qualify, you can make a deductible traditional IRA contribution for the 2019 tax year between now and the extended tax filing deadline and claim the write-off on your 2019 return. Or you can contribute to a Roth IRA…

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accounting for contributions

Still Struggling With How to Account for Contributions?

After the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) 2014 release of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, many nonprofits were confused about whether grants and similar contracts were covered by these new revenue recognition rules. The FASB’s subsequent issuance of ASU No. 2018-08, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Clarifying the Scope and…

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SECURE Act makes changes to retirement plans

4 New Law Changes that May Affect Your Retirement Plan

If you save for retirement with an IRA or other plan, you’ll be interested to know that Congress recently passed a law that makes significant modifications to these accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, made these four changes. Change #1: The maximum age for making traditional IRA contributions…

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acknowledgments

Writing Donation Acknowledgment Letters

Sending thank-yous to your donors doesn’t just make sense in terms of building and maintaining relationships. The IRS mandates that taxpayers substantiate single contributions of $250 or more with contemporaneous written acknowledgments. Here’s what you should include in those acknowledgments. The essentials A written contribution acknowledgment should contain: The name of your organization, The amount…

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nonprofit fundraising contributions

Keep These 5 Points in Mind When Raising Funds

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted in late 2017, some aspects of charitable giving have changed, but not exactly in the way some nonprofit watchers predicted. Because the TCJA widely reduced the motivation giving contributions to charity, many observers forecast that annual donations might plummet. But so far that hasn’t been…

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Philanthrokids: The Next Generation of Donors is Here

It’s not hard to find insights and advice about the importance of appealing to potential donors who are Millennials, Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. But you should also start thinking about the next crop of donors — Generation Z, those born after 1996. Getting to know Gen Z Gen Zers typically are either in school…

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backdoor roth IRA

The “Backdoor” Roth IRA Remains Open

The Roth IRA is an attractive savings vehicle, offering tax-free retirement income and other significant benefits. Unfortunately, income limitations prevent many people from contributing to these accounts. But even if you can’t contribute directly, there’s no limit on converting a traditional IRA into a Roth. This “backdoor Roth IRA” strategy allows anyone, regardless of income,…

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