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New Tax Laws

In response to the current situation, Congress recently enacted several tax law changes. We offer these resources to help you with your tax planning and to offer some ideas for you to consider if you are thinking about making a gift in support of your church or some other ministry.


This recently passed law includes several charitable tax provisions to encourage giving.  These include:
  • A new deduction for charitable donors who do not itemize when filing their tax returns. If you do not itemize but make a gift to charity, you will be allowed to take a special tax deduction, up to $300, to reduce your tax liability.
  • An increase in the deduction limit up to 100% of a donor’s annual income for cash gifts (previously the deduction was capped at 60% of annual income). If you make a gift you will be able to deduct more this year.


In December, Congress passed the SECURE Act, limiting stretch payments to IRA beneficiaries to 10 years. If you planned to benefit your children with your IRA, your heirs will now pay higher taxes on the inheritance they receive from you. When you revisit your estate plan, consider funding a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust with your IRA balance.  This plan can provide lifetime payments to your heirs and spread out the taxes on their inheritance. 


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