Event Recap: Are you Paying More to Uncle Sam Than you Should?


Event Recap: Are you Paying More to Uncle Sam Than you Should?

Mark Weil, CFP®, recently participated in a panel discussion hosted by the North Suburban YMCA that also featured a local estate planning attorney and accountant. The panel participants, each with over a decade of experience, focused on charitable and giving strategies and how they changed with the tax code passed in December 2017.

“When you write a check to a charity, after-tax dollars are used. If you make a $1,000 contribution and are in a 30 percent tax rate, you started with around $1,400 to make that donation,” Weil shared. “That means that Uncle Sam is taking a piece of your philanthropy. Does it need to be this way?” Weil asked the audience. “The answer is no!”

Weil shared possible alternatives with the attendees, including gifting appreciated assets, Donor-Advised Funds, and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD). Weil continued, “By gifting to a Donor Advised Fund you allow for greater impact for your gift. Not only do you have more to give because you have not had to pay taxes, the money inside the fund can be invested and grow tax-free.” For those who are 70 ½ or older, a QCD may be another powerful strategy. “QCDs not only can reduce your taxes, they can also satisfy your required minimum distribution.”

At Strategic Wealth Partners, we are happy to help you find the right planning strategies to maximize your charitable contributions. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to explore your options.


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