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When the sale of real estate yields substantial gains, it will trigger a tax bill that, at times, can be substantial. There could be significant tax advantages to donating a portion of the real estate to the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund.

A philanthropically-minded family can use the fund to decrease their tax liability and create a charitable giving strategy. Their efforts will leave a positive impact for their children and grandchildren to follow.

Case Study

A married couple sells a building they owned for many years for $8 million net after selling expenses. The building has no debt and a cost basis of $650,000, giving them $7,350,000 subject to taxation. Their taxes will include:

  • A 20% capital gains tax.
  • A 7% state tax.
  • A 3.8% net investment income tax.
  • Combined, these will total 30.8% tax levied on the amount exposed to taxation.

The couple expresses to their financial advisor how they would like to be more charitably active in their retirement. Their financial advisor suggests donating $1 million of the equity from the sale of the real estate to the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund to decrease the taxes paid on the gain and establish their family gifting program through the fund.

Let us examine three possible scenarios in the sale of the building:

  • They sell and make no donation.
  • They sell and make the donation as cash after they sell the building.
  • They transfer the $1 million of equity before they go to contract and allow the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund to sell that portion of their building to eliminate the capital gains tax on the $1 million.

As you can see, having the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund sell the portion of the building inside the fund creates the most significant tax efficiency. Not only did they receive a tax deduction on the gift, but they eliminated the capital gains on the portion the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund sold.

Said differently, the $1 million donation placed in their Dunham Donor-Advised Fund only cost this family $277,025 net after taxes. Yet, their family will bestow $1 million worth of generosity, plus the investment return their financial advisor can generate on the account compounding tax-free.

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(1) Please remember that there are annual income tax deduction limits for gifts made to public charities, including donor-advised funds. For contributions of non-cash assets held more than one year, like the hypothetical situation above, is 30% of adjusted gross income (AGI) for the tax year of the gift. It is 60% of AGI for contributions of cash. You may carry over donation amounts in excess of these deductions for up to five tax years.

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Federal and state laws and regulations are complex and subject to change, which can materially impact your results. Charitable deductions at the federal level are available only if you itemize deductions. Rules and regulations regarding tax deductions for charitable giving vary at the state level, and laws of a specific state or laws relevant to a particular situation may affect the applicability, accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Dunham Associates & Investment Counsel, Inc. (“Dunham”) cannot guarantee that such information is accurate, complete or timely; and disclaims any liability arising out of your use of, or any tax position taken in reliance on, such information. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

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