By: Laurie Valentine- COO & Trust Counsel
Do you own a vacation home or other real estate you no longer want to use or manage? And, have you have been thinking about making a legacy gift to your church or other charitable cause? If your answer to both questions is “yes” consider using that real estate to accomplish your legacy giving objectives.
An outright gift of real estate that has appreciated in value can provide double benefits—-an immediate income tax deduction equal to the current market value of the property and avoidance of the capital gains tax you would owe if you sold the property.
If the property’s value has depreciated, a sale of it followed by a gift of all or a portion of the sale proceeds may provide both a charitable contribution tax deduction and a capital loss deduction on your income tax return.
If you are not comfortable with giving up the full value of the real estate, a bargain sale to charity may be the answer. With a bargain sale you agree to sell the real estate to the charity for less than its current market value. The transaction is part charitable gift (the difference between the market value and the sale price) for which you may take an income tax deduction and part sale for which you realize capital gains only for the difference between your cost basis in the property and the actual sale price.
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The information in this article is provided as general information and is not intended as legal or tax advice. For advice and assistance in specific cases, you should seek the advice of an attorney or other professional adviser.