Donald Trump Tax Plans

Sorry – You may have missed our Donor-Friendly Webinar on the New Tax Law BUT you can register to receive the recording

On Jan. 22, we gave a Donor-Friendly Webinar Briefing on the New Tax Law (goal being that you can use the content for your own donor-friendly briefings and/or invite leadership to join the webinar).  This was the predominant request from among our 250 attendees to our initial briefing on the new tax law from last week (see below for comments on that session). 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE RECORDING OF OUR DONOR-FRIENDLY BRIEFING ON THE NEW TAX LAW

In addition to receiving the actual PowerPoint and the recording link, you will also receive draft donor-friendly pamphlet language – included with your registration. 

Here is our first comment:

After sitting in your Tax Bill Seminar, I knew today’s seminar was something I needed.  Unfortunately, I joined in late and didn’t download the presentation.  Can the presentation be emailed to me?  And, I’m definitely looking forward to the information coming out in “donor” language in the next couple of weeks.  Really appreciate your explanations and not the typical “sky is falling” hype we’ve been getting.

Thank you as always for considering our programs.

Our Tax Briefing on Monday (1/8/18) was also a huge success – over 250 attendees logged-in to hear key points for nonprofit fundraisers on the new tax law!  CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THE RECORDING

Sampling of comments we received after Jan. 8 Tax Law Briefing for Nonprofit Fundraisers:

“Thanks for the webinar today. Any chance you’d be interested in holding a seminar for donors about how the new tax bill might affect their charitable giving.”

“Thanks for your excellent presentation!”

“Thank you for the presentation last week.”

“Nice job on the presentation today.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed and was educated by your webinar today.”

“Thank you so much for an informative session this morning!”

“Thanks so much for the webinar presentation today regarding the 2018 Tax Law changes — I found it to be very helpful.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation this morning and got a number of questions answered, plus good direction for the future with the 70 1/2s and their IRAs. Thanks!”

Last Call for Monday’s Donor-Friendly Webinar on New Tax Law

This Monday – Jan. 22 – at 12 pm EST, we are offering a Donor-Friendly Webinar Briefing on the New Tax Law (goal being that you can use the content for your own donor-friendly briefings and/or invite leadership to join the webinar).  This was the predominant request from among our 250 attendees to our initial briefing on the new tax law from last week (see below for comments on that session). 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE OR REGISTER FOR OUR DONOR-FRIENDLY BRIEFING ON THE NEW TAX LAW

In addition to receiving the actual PowerPoint and the recording link, you will also receive draft donor-friendly pamphlet language – included with your registration. 

Thank you as always for considering our programs.

Our Tax Briefing on Monday (1/8/18) was a huge success – over 250 attendees logged-in to hear key points for nonprofit fundraisers on the new tax law!  CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THE RECORDING

Sampling of comments we received after Jan. 8 Tax Law Briefing for Nonprofit Fundraisers:

“Thanks for the webinar today. Any chance you’d be interested in holding a seminar for donors about how the new tax bill might affect their charitable giving.”

“Thanks for your excellent presentation!”

“Thank you for the presentation last week.”

“Nice job on the presentation today.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed and was educated by your webinar today.”

“Thank you so much for an informative session this morning!”

“Thanks so much for the webinar presentation today regarding the 2018 Tax Law changes — I found it to be very helpful.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation this morning and got a number of questions answered, plus good direction for the future with the 70 1/2s and their IRAs. Thanks!”

The Dreaded Trump Tax Plan IS Coming

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I know everyone is scared. So many messages coming at us – how could we not be afraid for ourselves and/or the nonprofit sector with the dreaded Trump tax plan?

Well, I am here to tell you in a few words – don’t stress the unknown.  And guess what – the final tax bill that is bound to happen soon is STILL unknown.

If you are seeing nonprofit sector commentators making recommendations like donors should be fronting their gifts in 2017 to donor advised funds in anticipation of losing out on tax deductions in 2018 and beyond – my advice is to completely ignore it.

In fact, the way I am seeing things, the charitable income tax deduction may be one of the few deductions left intact and may be even more important in 2018 and beyond.

And, all of this talk about the negative impact on nonprofits of raising the standard deduction (because it may take some people out of being itemizers) is ludicrous! Those people who are barely itemizers are NOT your major gift donors.  They are the type of donors who will still send you a $50 or $100 a year annual check, regardless of the deduction.

So, don’t lose sleep over a tax law overhaul that is far from done and may end up benefiting the nonprofit sector.

See, that wasn’t so bad!

Time to worry about tax law changes yet?

blog pickProbably not.  It doesn’t seem that the President and Congress are about to do anything together.

Ok, but what if all of the Republicans actually get in line (or a few Democrats defect…like that’s going to happen!!)?

Any problems with the most recent tax proposal for non-profits?

Here is a quick overview of potential issues that might impact nonprofits:

  • Standard deduction would be increased to $12,000 for individual filers and $24,000 for married couples – I can tell you right now that this does not hurt charities whatsoever – maybe even helps.  All it means is that middle and lower middle class America have less incentive to itemize but that sector is not likely to reduce charitable giving over a few tax benefits or not.
  • Personal exemptions and many itemized deductions would be eliminated – the income tax deduction won’t be touched directly so you actually might find upper middle class and higher Americans looking for more deductions (i.e. charitable deduction or maybe new fangled schemes for deductions).  Probably a plus for nonprofits.
  • Estate tax, which now only applies to estates of more than $5.5 million per decedent (or $11 million per couple) would be entirely repealed – oh boy, it’s not happening.  I’ll believe it when I see it.  George Bush Jr. had the power and did “repeal” the estate tax but was it really a repeal?  Go ahead and mess around with the estate tax again – all good news for consultants and attorneys. Probably not an impact on nonprofits but we will have to wait and see what they really are doing.

There is other stuff in it – the rest of which doesn’t yet rise to be addressed in this blog – here is a link if you want to read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2017/09/29/trump-plan-delivers-massive-tax-cuts-to-the-1-and-sharp-kick-to-upper-middle-class/#2f10cd861099

If you have ever seen my presentations, you would know that I subscribe to the 2% rule.  Americans in general give away 2% of their disposable income/wealth each year, roughly equal to 2% of the economy/GDP (see Giving USA for more on those numbers).  Since these percentages are very consistent, year in, year out, regardless of tax law changes, you have to believe that if anything  happens, it is not likely to impact charitable giving (unless it increases or decreases Americans’ disposable wealth or the overall economy). Even the so-called estate tax repeal doesn’t frighten me, and will probably be replaced with something confusing that I’ll be speaking and writing about it for years.