Appreciated Stock

Mediaon October 18th, 2010Comments Off on Appreciated Stock

Gifts of Appreciated Stock
(or Other Assets)

The gift of an appreciated asset, often common stock or mutual fund shares, is a valuable way to make a contribution to a charitable organization and receive tax benefits based on the value of the asset(s). Suppose Richard and Terri had 300 shares of XYZ Corporation that they purchased at $15 a share some years ago. The current value in today’s market is $36 a share. If they sold the stock in the market, they would have a taxable, long-term capital gain on the difference between their cost and what they would receive from the sale ($36 minus $15 = $21 capital gain per share. 300 shares X $21.00 = $6,300 in capital gains).

Richard and Terri could sell the stock, pay the tax on the capital gain, and either keep or donate the proceeds. If, however, instead of selling the stock, they gave the 300 shares to charity, they would not incur any capital gains and would be able to deduct the current value (300 shares X $36 = $10,800) on their tax return as a charitable gift. By donating the stock, the charity receives a larger gift than it would receive if Richard and Terri first sold the stock and then donated the proceeds after deducting the capital gain taxes. Also, Richard and Terri receive a greater tax deduction by giving the stock directly to the charity and avoiding the capital gain tax.

Another value to using appreciated securities instead of an anticipated gift of cash is to increase the cost or basis value of securities you want to hold for further appreciation. Suppose you hold a number of shares of a startup company and have a cost basis greatly below the current market value. Anything you sold would be subject to capital gains. But, suppose you gave some or all of the stock to charity and then purchased the same number of shares at the current value in the marketplace. It would be similar to giving that amount of money to charity. But instead, you now have shares of stock with a current basis and you have significantly reduced your future capital gains liability on those shares. And, you have a charitable gift deduction equal to the current value of the stock you gave.

While the gift of appreciated assets often is stock, other marketable assets (called tangible personal property) can be utilized as gifts with the possibility of tax benefits. These are assets such as real estate, antiques, coin or stamp collections, and art. However, these are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information about gifts of any appreciated assets, please contact us so we can respond to your specific needs.

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Stock Instructions

Thank you for considering a gift of stock to support the Freestore Foodbank. Your contribution can have many benefits, for the community, the Freestore Foodbank, and for you. You may be able to reduce your tax burden through gifts of stock. If you would like to learn more, please read Gifts of Stock. Call Jennifer Ebelhar at (513) 482-1086 to let us know that you are planning a stock gift to benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

Be sure to please consult your financial advisor when transferring stock to a charity like the Freestore Foodbank. Your financial advisor will want to know that the Freestore Foodbank is a not-for-profit Ohio corporation qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our mission is to provide food and services, create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis.

• Our Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 23-7122205.
The Freestore Foodbank has an established brokerage account to accept transfers of securities to us which is managed by Merrill Lynch.

The securities transfer account number is:
• DTC #5198

and the Freestore Foodbank Merrill Lynch account number
to be to be referenced is, 636-02588


Vickie L. Schaaf at 513-579-3828 or toll free 800-234-2099.

Merrill Lynch
425 Walnut Street, Suite 2500
Cincinnati, OH 45202