Charitably Giving with Intention – An Introspective – Part 1 – QCD’s

Last spring I became relatively involved with St. Peter’s Stewardship Committee out here in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  With membership ranks and pledged donations struggling, my wife and I developed a plan to drill down into several aspects of charitable giving and report findings along the way. Four underlying themes have surfaced including that the vast…

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Tax-Free Transfers to Charity in January 2013 Can Still Count for 2012 For IRA Owners 70½ or Older

Act now! According to the IRS IRA owners age 70½ or older have until Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 to make a direct transfer, or alternatively, if they received IRA distributions during December 2012, to contribute, in cash, part or all of the amounts received to an eligible charity. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,…

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Charitable Donations – Tax Tips

Charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations to be deductible. You can ask any organization whether it is a qualified organization and most will be able to tell you. Charitable contributions are deductible only if you itemize deductions using Form 1040, Schedule A. You generally can deduct your cash contributions and the fair market…

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Tax Exemption Questioned for Christian Congressional Man Cave

New York Times editorial, Render Unto C Street: It is not unusual for members of Congress to arrange group rentals in Washington to share housing costs and, for some, underline their continuing “outsider” status. What is highly unusual, and unjustifiable, is the tax-exempt status as a religious institution enjoyed by a boarding house called the…

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Tips for Year End Donations

WASHINGTON — Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind several important tax law provisions that have taken effect in recent years. Some of these changes include the following: Special Charitable Contributions for Certain IRA Owners This provision, currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2009, offers older owners of individual…

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