Planned giving allows you to make gifts to The Ursuline School from your estate, meaning you can make a gift today that will make a difference tomorrow. There are many available options, often with significant tax advantages and/or possibilities for increased current or future income.
The Advancement Office can provide you with information about the many ways of giving to The Ursuline School, however we always recommend you discuss with a lawyer or financial advisor.
GIFTS OF CASH
Checks made payable to The Ursuline School may be sent to:
The Ursuline School
1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Credit card gifts may be made on-line, by mail or phone (914) 636-5169.
One-time or recurring credit card gifts may be made by completing the on-line giving form or by calling.
GIFTS OF SECURITIES
Gifts of appreciated securities offer significant tax advantages to the donor and are easy to arrange. An income tax deduction is allowable for the value of the mean of the high and low prices of the stock on the day of transfer to The Ursuline School. Gifts of appreciated stocks held more than 12 months avoid capital gains tax, as well.
Electronic stock transfer: Merrill Lynch, 200 Park Avenue, NYC : DTC #8862 credit acct: 845-04056 The Ursuline School
Many companies will match contributions made by an employee or a spouse.
LIFE INCOME GIFTS
You may make a charitable contribution to The Ursuline School and also receive income for life while obtaining significant tax advantages.
Any asset may be transferred to Ursuline by bequest. The gift may be made under your will, through a trust, or by designating The Ursuline School as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. Those who make Ursuline a beneficiary of their estate are welcomed into The Legacy Society.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by the president in December of 2017, affects the income tax of both businesses and individuals and the federal estate tax on the estates of certain high-net-worth individuals.
- The tax rates for corporations and certain pass-through businesses are significantly reduced.
- Income-tax rates are lower for most individuals.
- The standard deduction nearly doubles to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly.
- The personal exemption is eliminated.
- Some deductions, such as those for state and local taxes and mortgage interest, are limited.
- The federal estate-tax exemption for 2018 increases to $11.2 million for individuals and $22.4 million for couples.
- The annual gift-tax exclusion increases from $14,000 to $15,000 in 2018.
Except for increasing the deduction ceiling on cash gifts from 50% to 60% of AGI, the effect on charitable giving is more indirect than direct. The deduction of charitable gifts by itemizers and the gift instruments have been preserved. The income-tax savings from charitable gifts will generally be somewhat smaller because of the lower tax rates and because a larger number of individuals will not itemize deductions and thus will not realize tax savings from their gifts.
Here are some charitable strategies to consider for this year:
- Increase your charitable gifts so you can benefit from itemizing your deductions.
- If the total of your itemized deductions is going to be close to the new higher standard deduction amount, you might consider giving a little more to charity in 2018 so that your income-tax charitable deduction helps you exceed the standard deduction amount and you can itemize and receive the tax benefits of doing so.
- Make gifts of appreciated securities.
- You can still save capital-gain taxes by giving appreciated securities that you have owned for more than a year, a key part of tax law that has not changed.
- Make retirement-plan gifts.
- A simple and smart way to make a charitable gift is through retirement-plan beneficiary designations. While your loved ones are subject to paying income tax on retirement-plan gifts they receive, charities such as ours are not. Thus you can help loved ones save taxes by giving them other assets and making retirement-plan gifts to charity.
- Make an IRA rollover gift.
- Those over the age of 70½ who have not yet taken the required distribution from their IRA might ask their IRA administrator to make a direct tax-free transfer to charity. The ability to make such transfers was not affected by the new law.
- Make a gift that costs nothing now.
- A bequest in your will or trust continues to be a way to make a significant gift that costs you nothing now. There are many ways to design your bequest in order to best meet your family priorities and charitable objectives.