Every year, it seems that December 31 arrives more quickly than we imagine it will. With the end of the year comes a rush to ensure charitable donations are made in time to qualify as deductions for the current tax year. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your year-end contributions :
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A DONOR-ADVISED FUND
Grant recommendations can be made through TDF Fund Manager, The Denver Foundation’s portal for donors. After logging into the system, you will find multiple options to initiate a grant recommendation online.
- Recommendations for grants to be processed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday must be made by November 13, 2022 at midnight.
- Recommendations for grants to be processed by December 23, 2022, must be made by December 18, 2022 at midnight.
- All recommendations for grants to go out by December 31, 2022, must be made by December 22, 2022 at midnight.
|NOVEMBER 1||To ensure the delivery of mutual fund shares by December 31, we strongly recommend initiating your transfer no later than November 1.|
|NOVEMBER 13 Midnight||Deadline for grants to be processed before the Thanksgiving holiday.|
|DECEMBER 15||Deadline for checkbook IRA contributions.|
Although stock, ACH, and wire transfers are typically quick to deliver, we recommend initiating your gift by December 22.
To ensure your grants are mailed before the end of the year, please submit your recommendations no later than December 22.
Gifts of complex assets must be appraised for value by December 22.
|DECEMBER 30||Deadline for IRA rollover contributions to leave the custodial account.|
Donations by check must be postmarked by December 31.
Any grants recommended between December 23 and January 1 will be mailed the week of January 2-6, 2023.
CONTRIBUTIONS BY CHECK
For most contributions made by check, the mailbox rule applies. When a donor uses the United States Postal Service, the IRS considers the date of the postmark to be the delivery date for the contribution. Donors are encouraged to request a receipt from USPS when they send the donation; for this reason, sending it by certified mail is a good idea.
Note: The IRS has not extended the mailbox rule to include private carriers in the context of charitable giving, so it’s best to avoid using UPS or FedEx for yearend contributions.
CONTRIBUTIONS MADE IN PERSON
For contributions delivered to a nonprofit organization by hand, the contribution date is that of the in-person transfer. Again, it’s wise to request a receipt.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF CASH AND SECURITIES
Contributions of cash and securities may be made through electronic transfers from the donor’s account to the nonprofit’s account. Contributions made through account transfers are deductible not when the transfer is directed by the donor but on the date when the assets arrive in the nonprofit’s account.
While account-to-account transfers of cash often occur on the same or the next business day, electronic transfers of securities can take a few days to clear. For this reason, electronic stock transfers should be initiated at least five business days prior to the end of the year.
A SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING MUTUAL FUNDS
Some mutual funds are not able to be transferred by depository trust corporations (DTC). Instead, these mutual funds are transferred by a change recorded on the issuer’s books and records. This can take weeks to occur. It’s best to begin this process as soon as possible, to ensure a 2022 deduction. The recommended deadline is November 1, 2022.
CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC PLATFORMS
A donor who makes a contribution via a credit card or through an electronic platform that facilitates credit card transactions may claim the deduction as of the date the card was charged.
IRA ROLLOVER CONTRIBUTIONS
IRA rollover contributions must be made no later than December 31, 2022, to count toward a required minimum distribution (RMD). An IRA rollover contribution is considered to be made when the distribution from the IRA is received by the charitable organization. Please initiate electronic or check transfers from your IRA account early to ensure the funds arrive well in advance of December 30, 2022.
If you have check-writing privileges on your IRA, the normal postmark date rule does not apply. The funds must actually leave the custodial account by December 31, 2022, for the distribution to count against your RMD for that calendar year.
To allow for end-of-year processing delays, please ensure all checkbook IRA contributions are received by The Denver Foundation by December 19, 2022.
If you would like to make a year-end gift of real estate, tangible personal property, or virtual currency or through a split-interest gift, please get in touch with your relationship manager at The Denver Foundation as soon as possible to ensure that your contributions are processed within the current calendar year.
Log-in to TDF Fund Manager to recommend a grant here: denver.fcsuite.com/erp/fundmanager.
Make an online donation to The Fund for Denver, The Denver Foundation’s permanent endowment, or The Critical Needs Fund, visit denver.fcsuite.com/erp/donate.