Sep 182014

By Sr. Laura Goedken

The stock market has had nearly unprecedented gains this year. This is a good time for you to look at your portfolio and maybe talk with your investment advisor.
This may be the appropriate time for you to make a gift of appreciated stock. Our nation’s tax laws continue to provide that one can give appreciated assets and take an income tax deduction in the year of the gift. The deduction is based on the current fair market value of the donated assets, no matter how much you originally paid for it!
To receive a tax deduction you must have owned the securities for more than one year. Such gifts are deductible up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income in the year of the gift. Any unused deduction amounts may be used to help reduce taxes in up to five future tax years. Plus you can avoid capital gains tax on your appreciated stock.
Please consider a year-end gift of stock to your parish, school, Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Davenport and/or the diocese. Your Annual Diocesan Appeal pledge can be fulfilled with a stock transfer. The transfer is simple, easy to do and can be done electronically.
For more information, please contact Sister Laura Goedken, OP, Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Davenport at (563) 324-1911 or Goedken@

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