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“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”

Mark Twain’s statement seems quite appropriate for the Christian steward who is hearing God’s call to maximum generosity. Out of the turmoil and challenges of 2020 come some truly unprecedented opportunities to benefit the ministries we love. We offer these brief explanations as a primer, and we would be honored to discuss any or all with you. But be advised, as of today, these opportunities come with an expiration date – most will “cease to be one” in the not‐so‐distant future – and some as early as December 31, 2021. So, if you are intrigued by saving taxes and motivated to give to the Lord’s work – please read on…


No Adjusted Gross Income Limitation for Charitable Deductions – Unprecedented in modern history is the ability to deduct charitable gifts that could eliminate your federal adjusted gross income for tax purposes.  Planners believe this to be a genuine opportunity for: 

  • high earners,  
  • those who have cash reserves, and 
  • those with a heart to give to Kingdom work.


 Cash In – Cash Out – No Tax Paid – If you: 

  • have qualified retirement assets that would normally be taxable if withdrawn  
  • are at least 59.5 years‐old, and  
  • you want to make a generous charitable gift,  

You can likely withdraw virtually any amount of cash, make a charitable gift of the same amount, and pay no additional income tax.


A Basket Full of Losses – If you have an investment that has lost capital value – and you wish to make a charitable gift – you can get a “two‐fer.”  Sell the asset at a capital loss, make a gift of  cash from the sale – then use the capital loss and the charitable deduction to reduce your taxable income.


Deduct a Gift Now – Deliver the Gift Later – If you have real property (house, farm, or vacation home) which you would like to leave to your favorite ministry in the future – you can make the gift in 2021 but retain the use of the property for your lifetime.  Because of the low interest  environment, your charitable tax deduction is worth a whole lot more today – and you have up  to six years to use it all. 


Maximum Tax‐Free Income and a Charitable Gift in the Future – For those who want to be  generous with Kingdom Work – but need the income produced by their assets – a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) may make a lot of sense. With the CGA, you may receive an immediate tax  deduction and income for life.  In today’s low interest environment, much of the income will be paid to you tax‐free.  Income after actuarial life‐expectancy will be taxed as ordinary income.


Avoidance of Capital Gains Tax, Income, a Charitable Deduction, and a Future Charitable Gift – If you want to sell highly appreciated assets without paying tax at the time of the sale, The  Charitable Remainder Trust is a flexible tool to achieve your goals.  You can continue to receive  income from the asset value, receive an immediate tax deduction, and make a future gift to your  favorite ministry or ministries.


Charity Picks the Fruit – Family Gets the Orchard – Technically referred to as a Charitable Lead Trust, the concept has long been a secret of the “super wealthy.”  With today’s low interest  environment, assets can be passed to family members with low or no taxes in a much shorter  period of years.  The “fruit” picked by charity is annual income.  The “orchard” is the asset  producing the income.  Once the ministry has picked enough fruit to offset the transfer tax to  your family – the orchard (and the future fruit) can pass to family tax free


Qualified Charitable Distributions –Sometimes referred to as a Charitable Rollover, the QCD  allows you to instruct your IRA custodian to send up to $100,000 per year to your favorite ministry or ministries.  While this is not expected to change in the future, your window of  opportunity for 2021 closes on December 31.  Most custodians need at least a few weeks to process the distribution, so the sooner you initiate it the better.

*Eastside does not provide legal or tax counsel.  Not all opportunities may apply to all individuals.  Please consult your own professionals regarding possible benefit to you in your unique tax situation. 

Are you wondering about tax-advantaged gifts or non-cash assets like homes, businesses, equities and other illiquid assets? Click on the “learn more” button below for resources on creative generosity and for an “Estate Planning Guide”. You can also schedule a free and confidential consultation with an estate planning professional about your estate giving goals.