In 2021, each individual was allowed to deduct a maximum of $300 in charitable donations without itemizing deductions, provided they had receipts, and the contribution was made to a recognized charity. It’s important for individuals to know they can maximize their charitable giving through standard deduction amounts and itemized deductions.

Taxpayers can contribute money, time and a wide range of items to charitable organizations. Individuals should be aware that claiming non-cash contributions will raise red flags at the IRS and can trigger an audit. The IRS scrutinizes charitable contributions extremely closely.

Those that itemize deductions can usually deduct up to 50 percent of their adjusted gross income to lower their tax liability. Individuals can’t claim the time they spent volunteering, but they can deduct out-of-pocket expenses incurred while they volunteer.

Assets and Capital Gains

Every investor should perform portfolio rebalancing to ensure their strategies are working as they wish. As part of that process, individuals can make a charitable gift that will offset capital gains. When donating property or stocks, only 20 to 30 percent may be deducted.

Individuals will need to have held the assets for more than a year. They’re typically deducted at their fair market value, which can be up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and property are often overlooked opportunities for charitable giving that reduces taxes owed. Capital gains taxes are eliminated on those types of donations when they contributed directly to an organization. It can account for up to a 23 percent reduction in taxes.

Donor Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund is another way in which individuals can reduce their tax burden. It’s an account established for the sole purpose of making charitable contributions. It’s easy to create, highly flexible, and an effective strategy to reduce the tax liability.

IRA to Roth IRA

Converting from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA comes with significant taxes. A charitable contribution can help in offsetting that cost.

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