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We rely on donations for more than 60% of our funding. Our donors do so much more than help keep our doors open. They inspire us to love and care for our kids every day. They sustain our hope for a better tomorrow for our kids.
In addition to monetary donations, we are in great need of many good and services:
• Supplies for our summer program (bathing suits and towels, boots for the ranch, gift cards and other incentives for our middle and high school program)
• Bikes for our older youth (larger then 20 in)
• Volunteers-Bike Repair
• Volunteers-Admin
• Volunteers-Daily programming

COVID-19 Stimulus Package / CARES Act

CARES Act for Nonprofits – Friday, March 27, the Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for nonprofits (learn more about the impact COVID-19 has on wishes).

High Level Information

New Deduction Available: Up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This is available only to people who take the standard deduction (for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions). It is an “above the line” adjustment to income that will reduce a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI), and thereby reduce taxable income. A donation to a donor advised fund (DAF) does not qualify for this new deduction.

New Charitable Deduction Limits: As part of the bill, individuals and corporations that itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their contributions. Individuals can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 AGI (up from 60% previously). Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%. The new deduction is for gifts that go to a public charity, such as Sun Valley Youth Center. The old deduction rules apply to gifts to private foundations. The higher deduction does not apply to donations directly to a DAF.

Required Min. Distributions Waived in 2020 for Most Donors: Required minimum distributions (RMD) that would have had to start in 2020 do not have to start until 2021, including distributions from defined benefit pension plans and 457 plans. This change will dampen somewhat the incentive for a donor to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from their IRA in 2020. Even so, making a QCD this year will still allow itemizers and non-itemizers alike to direct up to $100,000 from their IRA to charities in a tax efficient manner.

Details About CARES Act

The inclusion of an expanded charitable giving incentive is a critical acknowledgement by Congress that the work of nonprofits like Sun Valley Youth Center are essential services. Non profits like the sun valley youth center are indeed essential services. Children living in poverty need the support of trusted adults now more than ever.

Here’s How it Works

New Deduction Available: The bill makes a new deduction available for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This is particularly beneficial to people who take the standard deduction when filing their taxes (in other words for taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions). It is calculated by subtracting the amount of the donation from your gross income. It is an “above the line” adjustment to income that will reduce your AGI, and thereby reduce taxable income.

To qualify, you would have to give a donation to a qualified charity. If you have already made your donation since Jan. 1, that contribution counts toward the $300 cap. A donation to a donor-advised fund (DAF) does not qualify for this new deduction.

New Charitable Deduction Limits: Also part of the bill, individuals and corporations that itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their contributions.

Individuals can elect to deduct cash contributions, up to 100% of their 2020 adjusted gross income, on itemized 2020 tax returns. This is up from the previous limit of 60%.

Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income, up from the previous limit of 10%.

The new deduction is only for cash gifts that go to a public charity. If you give cash to, say, your private foundation, the old deduction rules apply. And while the organizations that manage DAF’s are public charities, you do not get the higher deduction for donating cash to your DAF. These new limits do not apply to gifts of appreciated stock.

If your assets are substantial enough that you can give more than your income this year, you won’t lose the deduction for the excess amount. You can use it next year, as has always been the case.

Required minimum distributions waived in 2020 for most donors: RMD for individuals over age 70 ½ are suspended until 2021. This includes distributions from defined benefit pension plans and 457 plans. The RMD is an attractive way for donors to make a significant charitable gift directly from their IRA to a charity through a qualified charitable contribution (QCD) while avoiding taxable income. The suspension of the RMD may dampen somewhat the incentive for a donor who makes a gift from their IRA to count toward that minimum. However, the tax benefit of the QCD remains.

The takeaway – donors directing a QCD to charity this year (up to $100,000 per individual) will still reduce their taxable IRA balance. This allows all taxpayers, itemizers and non-itemizers alike, to direct gifts from their IRA to charities in a tax efficient manner.

For more information, please contact Kris@sunvalleyyouthcenter.com

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.

Colorado Tax Credit

The Sun Valley Youth Center encourages donors to increase their gift and benefit from a 50% Colorado Tax Credit. The credit is available to Colorado residents who make monetary contributions to this organization. 

The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit was established to encourage greater private support of Colorado child care program. Because monetary contributions to Sun Valley Youth Center qualify for this tax credit, you may be able to decrease the after-tax cost of your gifts by more than 50%.

The effect of the credit is that half of your donation to Sun Valley Youth Center is offset by a reduction of your Colorado income taxes. You will still be able to claim your full contribution as a charitable deduction on your Federal and State income tax returns if you itemize deductions. Examples of the total impact on your taxes are shown in the chart below. As always, you should consult with your tax advisor to determine how the credit will affect you personally.

Tax Saving Examples

(Illustration only; please consult with your tax advisor.)

Federal Income Tax Bracket

28%

33%

35%

Contribution

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

Colorado Child Care Credit

($500)

($500)

($500)

Charitable Deduction Colorado Tax Saving

($46.30)

($46.30)

($46.30)

Charitable Deduction Federal Tax Saving

($280)

($330)

($350)

Related Federal Tax Effect*

$152.96

$180.28

$191.21

After Tax Costs of Gift

$326.66

$303.98

$294.91

Total Tax Saving

$673.34

$696.02

$705.10

Cost per dollar to contribute

32.7 cents

30.3 cents

29.4 cents

*Lower State income taxes mean lower State tax deductions for Federal tax purposes.

Guidelines:

  • The maximum credit you may take in any one year is $100,000 or your actual Colorado income tax liability for the year, whichever is less.
  • Any unused credit may be carried forward for up to five additional tax years.

    Only monetary donations are eligible. Stock or other securities and in-kind gifts, such as labor or equipment, are not eligible but may qualify for other tax benefits.

  • In the case of donations associated with events, only the deductible portion of your payment, reduced by the value of goods and services received, is eligible.
  • Both individuals and corporations can take advantage of the credit.

The Sun Valley Youth Center will provide a signed letter that states the amount of the cash gift, along with the DR1317 tax form certifying the child care contribution. 

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