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11.13.16 | Giving | by Lindy Keffer

    There are many ways to wisely and creatively support God's work through First Pres and the First Pres Foundation. Many of the following provide you with significant tax benefits in addition to empowering First Pres to Impact Lives across Colorado Springs and around the world.

    Cash

    Cash is a simple way for you to make a gift to First Pres or the First Pres Foundation. You will receive a charitable tax deduction that will provide you with savings on this year’s tax return.

    Retirement Fund Assets

    Retirement Funds may be taxed at ordinary income tax rates as they pass to non-spousal heirs, so making a charitable gift is an excellent way to save the taxes. In addition, most people do not use up all of their retirement funds within their lifetime, so if you do not plan to pass your retirement funds to heirs, you can make First Pres or the First Pres Foundation a beneficiary of your retirement fund.

    Do so by asking your plan administrator for a Change of Beneficiary form. You can make a gift of a fixed amount or a percentage of your retirement fund. You will want to indicate on your beneficiary form how you want the funds to be used in the ministry of First Pres.

    Benefits of making a retirement plan gift:

    • You avoid any income taxes to be paid by non-spousal heirs at your death.
    • You can continue to withdraw funds as long as you have need during your lifetime
    • You can change the beneficiary if your circumstances change.

    A tax-wise hint: it is wise to have your bequests to charity taken out of your traditional IRA, as these gifts will not be taxed.

    Life Insurance

    Make a gift of life insurance by

    • Transferring ownerships of a paid-up policy and naming First Pres or the First Pres Foundation as the beneficiary.
    • Naming First Pres or the First Pres Foundation as a beneficiary or all or a portion on an existing policy of which you are the owner.
    • Purchasing a new policy and naming First Pres as the owner and beneficiary, then making an annual tax-deductible gift for the premium payment.
    • Transferring ownership of a policy that is not fully paid up with the assurance that you will make the necessary contributions to cover the premium payments.
    • Naming First Pres or the First Pres Foundation as a contingent beneficiary of a policy.

    Benefits of making a gift of life insurance

    • You can make a significant gift from income rather than using capital assets.
    • You receive an income tax deduction for the amount of the cash value in the policy or for gifts you make for premium payments for a policy that First Pres or the First Pres Foundation owns.
    Real Estate

    Deed your home, vacation home, commercial property or investment property to First Pres or the First Pres Foundation. The church will likely sell the property and the proceeds will be transferred to First Pres or the First Pres Foundation. You also have the option of giving a fractional interest in real estate or establishing a life estate, which reserves for you the right to live in your home for the rest of your life before your home passes to the church or the Foundation.

    Not all real estate gifts can be accepted by First Pres or the First Pres Foundation. We will gratefully review your offer of a real estate gift and determine whether the donation is appropriate for all parties. In order to donate real estate, you must obtain a qualified appraisal, which becomes the amount of the permitted tax deduction.

    Questions that could affect the acceptance of the property:

    • Are there any environmental concerns?
    • Is there a mortgage on the property?
    • Is the property marketable and saleable within a reasonable period of time?
    • Are there costs associated with accepting the property?
    • Does the property have any liens?
    • Do you have plans to continue to use the property?

    Benefits of a gift of real estate:

    • You receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the property.
    • You avoid the potential capital gains taxes that would be incurred upon the sale of the appreciated property.

    Real Estate can also be transferred to a Charitable Remainder Trust and provide you an income for life.

    Stock

    A gift of appreciated securities that you have held for at least one year and one day can be a wise way to make a gift. If you were to sell the stock, you would be obligated to pay federal capital gains tax of 15 percent on the appreciation over the original cost of the stock (assumes an income tax bracket of 25 percent or above) and Colorado capital gains tax of 4.63 percent. With a gift of stock, you avoid the capital gains tax and you receive an income tax deduction for the full value of the stock.

    Jim Bryant at Wells Fargo Advisors will be glad to handle any stock gifts for you. Contact him at

    719-636-8015
    Wells Fargo Advisors
    102 S. Tejon, Suite 1000
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    Other information you may need during the transaction:
    The name of our charity account is:
    First Presbyterian Church
    219 E Bijou St.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903

    • Our account number is 28383689
    • The DTC number is (First Clearing): 141
    • First Pres Tax ID 84-0416230
    • Tax Exempt No. 98-04593

    Stock given to First Pres or the First Pres Foundation is sold immediately and the funds are used for the purpose you designate.