Non-profits do not pay taxes on sale of securities.
Sell Stock and Donate Cash
When you sell appreciated stock, up to 37.1% is taxed.
By selling shares for $10,000 originally bought for $3,000, between state and federal taxes, up to 37.1%, or $2,597 is taken. That leaves only a $7,403 donation and deduction.
Donate stock directly
When you donate appreciated stock, non-profits keep 100%, and you receive the full market value deduction.
By donating shares worth $10,000 that was bought for $3,000 of stock, you get the full $10,000 deduction and the charity keeps 100% of the stock value.
If you want to remain invested in a stock, donate existing lots and repurchase with cash. This removes future taxes.
Sarah bought Apple on Jan of 2017 for $3,000. In Feb of 2018, she donates the shares (market value of $6,500) and receives the deduction for $6,500 on her 2018 tax returns. On the same day, Sarah repurchases the same number of shares using $6,500 cash.
When Sarah sells the shares after the Feb 2018 repurchase:
At a gain, she’ll only be taxed at the price excess of $6,500.
At a loss, she’ll get all the deduction benefits from the cost basis of $6,500.
Use the tax savings to give even more.
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