Special opportunity for favored tax benefits for cash gifts made to public charities before December 31, 2005
KATRINA EMERGENCY TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2005 (KETRA)
Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Congress
wanted to help charities providing hurricane relief, as well as
encourage charitable giving to other public charities. In a statement
issued on September 20, 2005, Sen. Charles Grassley of the Senate Finance
Committee said, “Our goal is to encourage charitable giving outside of
(Hurricane) Katrina relief to prevent the rest of the nation’s charities
from seeing a downturn in giving as they did after September 11.”
President George W. Bush signed the federal KETRA law on September 23, 2005,
creating favorable tax provisions not only for victims of the disaster
but also for individuals who make qualified charitable contributions to
most types of public charities (not just hurricane-relief related
charities) through December 31, 2005.
University qualifies as a “public charity” for this favored tax
on charitable gifts.
• Contributions must be CASH or cash equivalents such as checks and credit cards (NOTE: appreciated assets do not qualify for this special treatment – see KETRA § 301)
• Contributions must be made to the permitted types of PUBLIC CHARITIES such as churches, schools, hospitals, and other “public” charities (NOTE: supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, and private “nonoperating” foundations do not qualify – see KETRA § 301)
• Contributions qualify if made between August 28, 2005 and December 31, 2005.
How does this affect donors who make
gifts to Arkansas State University?
For the qualifying period of August 28, 2005 through December 31, 2005,
individuals who make cash gifts to Arkansas State
University may deduct those gifts up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross
income (AGI) rather than the usual 50 percent of AGI limit. KETRA may allow
some individuals to reduce their overall taxes significantly, perhaps
even to zero, depending on the individual circumstance.
Notice: The information contained in this document and any linked attachment is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal, tax or financial advice and should not be considered to be a comprehensive explanation of all of the provisions of KETRA. Please consult your personal professional advisors for all legal, tax and financial information.
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