Posts Tagged "Tax-exempt"

Pay attention to the IRS rules for charitable deductions

Posted on Oct 28, 2014

As the year draws to a close, you may decide to donate cash or property to one or more worthy causes. Besides the satisfaction of helping others, there’s another reward for your benevolence: a tax deduction on your 2014 return. But the IRS recommends that you keep the following points in mind: 1.  You may only deduct contributions made to a legitimate tax-exempt charitable organization. 2.  Charitable contributions reduce your taxes only if you itemize your deductions. 3.  To claim an itemized deduction, you’re required to have support for all cash contributions, no matter the amount. A bank statement, a copy of the cancelled check, or a credit card record will usually suffice for donations under $250. 4.  In the case of payroll donations, your pay stub or W-2 can back up your deduction. 5.  For donations of $250 or more, a statement from the charity is required, giving the charity’s name, the date, the amount of your donation, and the value of goods and services received for the donation, if any. 6.  The substantiation rules for noncash donations differ depending on the type of property and its value. 7.  You’ll need a “contemporaneous” written acknowledgment from the charity for donations of $250 or more. As a general rule, “contemporaneous” means you must receive the acknowledgment before you file your return or before the due date of your return, whichever is earlier. 8.  Typically, you may deduct the fair market value of gifts of property owned longer than one year. Any appreciation in value remains untaxed. 9.  You can secure deductions late in the year by donating to charity by credit card. As long as the charge is posted in December, you can deduct it on your 2014 return, even if you don’t pay the credit card bill until 2015.If you have questions about documentation for your charitable donations, contact our office. Gilliland & Associates, PC is a full-service CPA firm specializing in tax planning for individuals and businesses in the Northern Virginia area. We are based in Falls Church, VA and also service clients in the McLean and Tysons Corner, VA. Gilliland & Associates specializes known for our superior knowledge and aggressive interpretation and application of tax laws, we help you keep more of your earnings by finding you the lowest possible tax on your business or personal tax return. You can connect with us on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, and...

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Important deadline approaching for tax-exempt organizations

Posted on Oct 19, 2012

Here’s an important reminder for small nonprofit organizations: If your organization had its tax-exempt status revoked for failing to file an annual return from 2007 through 2009, the IRS is giving you a chance to get reinstated.  The IRS has issued guidance for small organizations with gross annual receipts of less than $50,000 that will allow them to regain tax-exempt status retroactive to the date of revocation. To qualify for this reinstatement and a reduced application fee of $100, the organization must submit an application postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.  Contact our office if you need details or filing assistance....

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Investment Tax Tip

Posted on Sep 11, 2012

Consider tax-exempt investments as a means of cutting your income tax. There is an easy way to compare the yield on tax-exempt investments (such as municipal bonds) with the after-tax yield from taxable investments. Subtract your top tax bracket from 100 and divide the tax-exempt interest rate by that number. The result is the equivalent taxable...

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IRS raises nonprofit filing threshold

Posted on Feb 8, 2011

Tax-exempt organizations are required to file annual reports with the IRS. Those with gross receipts below a certain threshold amount can file an E-postcard rather than a longer version of Form 990. The IRS has just raised that threshold amount to $50,000, an increase over the previous filing threshold of $25,000. The deadline for nonprofit filings is the 15th day of the fifth month after their year-end. For calendar-year organizations, that filing deadline for 2010 reports is May 16,...

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