Summer will officially be here soon, but before kids get out of school and all the vacation planning you did begins to come to fruition, it can be a good idea to take stock of your financial picture and make updates where necessary. Below are a few things you should consider to keep your plan in shape. We’ve organized them by life stage, from having small kids to being closer to retirement. We’ve also included charitable giving, as that happens at every stage.
If supporting charities meaningful to you is part of your long-term financial plan, creating a strategy around your giving can help you maximize the gifts you give. It can also be tax-efficient across several dimensions of your overall plan.
A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a distribution from your IRA account that you are eligible for beginning at age 70 ½. But because it goes directly to the charity of your choice, it doesn’t count as taxable income to you. It can keep your income at a lower level and help you avoid taxes on social security and premium surcharges on Medicare. In addition, the IRS will allow the QCD to count as a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your account.There are rules to follow and limits to be aware of but being thoughtful about including qualified charitable distributions in your financial plan can help you achieve multiple goals.
The world of cryptocurrency is innovative and ever-expanding. In today’s episode of Grow Money Business, we are joined by Pat Duffy, a cofounder of The Giving Block. The Giving Block is a platform that enables non-profit organizations to receive cryptocurrency donations. Throughout the episode, Pat and Grant dive deep into the tax benefits related to crypto donations, and discuss how The Giving Block is changing the future of charitable giving.
[03:14] The Giving Block – We start the conversation with a brief look at what The Giving Block does and how it helps donors and non-profit organizations.
[07:10] The Process – Pat walks us through the process of what happens when someone interested in crypto gifting signs up with The Giving Block.
[10:00] Donor Advised Funds – Pat explains the process of donating via a Donor Advised Fund.
[16:33] Why Crypto? – Pat shares his take on some of the reasons why non-profit organizations may want to take crypto donations.
[19:05] Barriers – Pat discusses some of the challenges non-profit organizations face when starting to accept crypto donations.
[27:30] Getting Traction – Pat shares with us what it was like at the beginning of his service and what it took to get enough traction for the service.
[31:30] Business Model – Pat shares with us how the business model of the Giving Block works and some of the areas the platform will be expanding into in the near future.
[36:52] Managing Growth – Pat dives into their strategy of managing their growth.
[42:54] Shift4 – The Giving Block was recently acquired by the payment processing solutions company, Shift4. Pat shares what opportunities and possibilities this acquisition will open up.
[49:10] Tips for Donating – Pat shares some advice for those who own crypto assets and want to make a crypto donation.
Following the financial crisis of 2009, we entered one of the longest running bull markets in history. During this time, the Federal Reserve has injected a massive amount of US dollars into the monetary system, which has driven up the value of capital assets across the board. If you’re someone who holds equities or other assets at a substantial gain, you might be hesitant to sell them because of tax concerns. In today’s episode, Grant dives into four strategies you can use for exposure to appreciated assets and/or taxation when selling at a gain.
[02:29] Concentration and Risk – Why it’s risky to hold on to assets for too long and why it can be beneficial to repurpose your assets at the right time.
[07:57] Exchange Fund – Exchange funds can be used to diversify your holdings without triggering a taxable event. Grant shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of this method.
[13:28] Options – How to use stock options to reduce the risk of losing the value of your holdings during price fluctuations.
[20:05] Donor-advised Funds – Grant explores how donor-advised funds work and how investors can get tax benefits while contributing to charity.
[28:58] Charitable Remainder Trust – How charitable remainder trusts work, how they differ from donor-advised funds, and how to get started with them.
[34:38] Family & Insurance –Grant shares some ways you can reinvest the benefits of a charitable remainder trust to avoid financial stress within your family.
Convert Appreciated Assets into Income with a Charitable Remainder Trust:
The year 2020 has been an extremely challenging year for a lot of people, businesses, and organizations. Therefore, this is also a time when charitable organizations may need help from donors more than ever. We dedicated today’s episode to exploring some of the tax-efficient strategies you can use to give to charity in a way that minimizes your tax impact. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Grant shares his favorite methods of charitable giving and some tips on how to optimize your tax benefits related to charitable donations.Continue reading