Tax Overhaul Means Change for Non-profits and Your Charitable Deductions

The Republicans’ tax overhaul, which President Donald Trump signed into law last week, has some serious implications for non-profits that rely on donations from individuals.

Nonprofits, including Operation Migration, are bracing for the effects of the federal tax overhaul, hoping people will continue to make charitable contributions in 2018 even though fewer taxpayers are expected to itemize deductions next year.

Some experts are recommending you get a jump on charitable contributions. If you are someone who is donating to charity in order to itemize deductions in 2017, will take the standard deduction in 2018 and are anticipating making charitable donations in 2018, consider making 2018 contributions before December 31.

“While charitable donations will still remain deductible under the tax reform, some historical itemizers may find it more beneficial to take the standard deduction due to the fact that it will be doubling,” says Alexander Rupert, a financial planner in Cleveland, OH. “Donating any 2018 earmarked funds before 2017 year end will provide a larger benefit in an individual’s 2017 taxes who are anticipating not itemizing in 2018.” Source: Forbes.com

If you would like to make your 2018 contribution to Whooping Crane conservation in 2017, you still have 4 days to do so. Give us a call at 800-675-2618 – Our office is closed this week but we are checking messages and returning calls several times throughout the day.

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5 Comments

  1. GinnyL December 29, 2017 9:18 am

    Not to worry, I don’t have enough to take any more that the standard deduction anyway and don’t itemize , I donate to causes because I believe in what they are doing, not because they are a tax deduction.

    • RadAudit1 December 29, 2017 8:47 pm

      Good for you, Ginny!!

      Happy New Year

  2. Gums December 28, 2017 9:05 pm

    I wouldn’t sweat it.

    We’ll get about what we did last few years.
    if we advertise and tell our friends and relatives.

  3. Maggie Turk December 28, 2017 2:23 pm

    I can see you, Karen Anne, have this new tax system figured out. I guess we just hope for the best and do not” live too long”!!! I too, hope it will not affect the donations for OM.

  4. karen anne December 28, 2017 8:03 am

    I know charities and other non-profits are very worried about this. I hope it will not make a difference in how much people donate.

    I am still going to be itemizing, but I will be paying more taxes because the personal exemption of $4050 has gone away and there is a limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Even the change in tax brackets does not offset that back to the previous laws. So more of my retiree income of Social Security and savings will be taxable. But hey corporations and the 1% get a giant tax break, so this must be good. Not.