Of course, most Americans do not have a large real estate portfolio. But many can enjoy significant financial benefits and provide a charitable benefit to the community at the same time.
One of the advantages to the donor is that the size of the tax deduction is determined by the current market value of the property, as opposed to the cost of the property when it was purchased (Moreover, by donating a property instead of selling it outright, donors may avoid paying brokers' fees.)
In many cases, if one takes into consideration ongoing property taxes, maintenance costs, income taxes--or if the property is sold, the cost of legal fees, brokerage fees, estate taxes, inheritance taxes and capital gains taxes--it is often financially preferable to donate properties to charities. It also saves heirs the trouble of trying to divvy up the gains if the will is potentially contentious or inequitable. Sometimes there are intangible benefits as well.
Real Estate donations can provide you with highly beneficial tax results and allow you to achieve significant and important charitable goals that benefit those in need.
A donation of real estate to Helping Hands of America on behalf of our charities can reduce your tax burden and provide you with the benefit of savings that comes from relief of the maintenance of your property. You can also avoid capital gains tax on highly appreciated properties with your charitable donation of real estate.
You can significantly reduce your legal and tax liabilities on the properties you donate and more efficiently attain personal financial goals white also supporting our charities.
Those that want help improve the communities in which they live.
The benefits of an IRS tax deduction are quite an attractive prospect. And you can make a positive difference for others less fortunate as well.
Businesses with properties that are idle, lacking positive cash flow and are assets that will never reach any useable potential.
Fully depreciated properties that do not serve the financial interests of the donor.
Uninsured catastrophes that are more a detriment financially to continue to maintain.
How complicated and how long will the charitable donation process take?
The donation process varies from property to property. There are many factors that can affect this process. Among these are a number of encumbrances ranging from civil liens to unpaid property taxes. Every effort is made to ensure that this is as simple and timely as possible from beginning to the final transfer of property title.
How will I know if Helping Hands of America is willing to accept my charitable donation?
Upon the receipt of all documents and information, Helping Hands of America will be able to determine if property can be received as a charitable donation.
Who pays the expenses?
All expenses incurred during the process are generally accepted as the responsibility of the donor. There are exceptions to this and under certain circumstances; an agreement is made to share the expense of the acquisition of your charitable donation. (I.e. Title insurance, property insurance, environmental testing, probate or other issues and costs)
What costs can I expect to incur during the donation process?
Generally, the donor is responsible for all of the regular costs associated with the property until the acquisition of the property by Helping Hands of America. This may include, but not be limited to all taxes, bills and mortgages. There are of course exceptions to this. Every donation is considered on a case-by-case basis.
What if I am missing important documentation?
Because closing the transaction usually takes place through a title company or another agent for the donor, such as an attorney, a title search will be performed so that all the necessary paperwork will be procured in order to proceed with the acquisition of the donation.
At what point will my responsibility to the Real Property end?
The donor's responsibility stops at the end of the acquisition process.
Do I need to be present at the time of the closing?
No, at the time of the closing, all necessary paperwork has already been completed. The actual closing itself will simply be a paper transaction that occurs once all legal requirements for the transfer of your charitable donation have been completed. If there are any additional issues that arise, usually in regards to the title search, all parties involved shall be properly notified. Usually if this happens, it is just a simple matter of signing additional documents and the issues can be resolved before the closing.
Deduction Donated Property
A Real Estate Donation, whether vacant land, industrial, residential, land contracts, commercial property or timeshare, provides you with a great way to enjoy what many consider an impressive tax deduction. If your real property asset has grown in value, or unfortunately turned into a nonproducing property in your portfolio, it may be the time to consider a real estate donation.
Real estate donations make good sense for both individuals and corporate donors. The equity from your real estate donation helps us continue to benefit the many commendable causes we support. Helping Hands of America is here to provide you with the know-how necessary to conduct a real estate donation that optimizes the benefits for both you, the donor and the charities we serve.
These rules may apply if the donated real property is owned in your own name, with your spouse or other persons. (Please check with your tax professional):
If you have held the property for more than one year, it is classified as long-term capital gain property.
You can deduct the full fair market value of the donated property. Your charitable contribution deduction is limited to various percentages of your adjusted gross income. Excess contribution value may be carried forward for up to five years. If the property has been depreciated, the fair market value must be reduced by its accumulated depreciation through the date of contribution.
Fair Market Value is most commonly determined by an independent appraisal.
If you choose to deduct your cost basis of the donated property you are allowed a deduction of fifty percent (50.00%) of your adjusted gross
Income (Please check with your tax professional).
Excesses can be carried forward up to five years. Which method you choose to follow is dependent on the cost basis in the property donated, your tax bracket, the age and health of the donor and whether you plan to make future contributions (Please check with your tax professional).
The following rules apply if your charitable donation of real property is made by a corporation:
If you have held a controlling interest in the corporation and the property has been held for more than one year, the corporation may deduct up to ten percent (10.00%) of the net profit of the corporation (Please check with your tax professional).
Excess contribution amounts can be carried forward up to five years. The fair market value here must be reduced by the amount of accumulate depreciation.
If the corporation has elected "Sub.S" status, then the contribution allowed will be reported on the individual shareholders K1 and may be deducted on the individual return (Please check with your tax professional).
The following rules may apply if your contribution is being made by a partnership, S-Corporation or Limited Liability Company:
The corporation may not claim a deduction for the property donated. Rather, the contribution passes to the individual shareholders on a prorated based on their percent ownership in the S-Corporation. The shareholder can claim this deduction on their individual tax return. The same limits and carry forward rules will apply (Please check with your tax professional).
Partnerships and Limited Liability Company contribution rules are the same as S-Corporation with one exception, the partners or members can claim a deduction even if they have no basis in the partnership or Limited Liability Company. Please check with your tax professional.
Donate commercial property and improve performance! Commercial property, whether held by a commercial entity, a company or business, or a private individual-should be an asset. Far too often, however, commercial property becomes more of a liability and a financial drain. In cases such as this, the situation can be turned on its head: donate commercial property that is not performing and enjoy a number of financial benefits.
If you are holding an un-performing or underperforming commercial property, you probably know the many ways that property is hurting your financial bottom line. The property holding alone could be the one reason that your company or business is not turning a profit. You may be thinking, as many commercial property holders are, that if you could just unload that burdensome property, you could get your business back in the black.
Fortunately, changes to charitable donation laws make it possible to donate commercial property, unload property burdens, and still benefit financially in the end. Not only will the cost of owning and maintaining a commercial property disappear when you donate commercial property, but significant tax advantages can be enjoyed as well.
The donation of commercial property qualifies you or your business for a tax benefit based on the current fair market value of the property - not on the purchase price of the property.
Deductions vary according to the structure of your organization, and we are here to help clarify the tax advantages of donating commercial property to charity (it is also recommended that you discuss this with your own tax advisor).
Enjoy These Benefits when you Donate Commercial Property to Charity: