Tax Advantages of a Community Foundation
Many people create a Fund within the Community Foundation instead of creating a private or family foundation. There are numerous benefits:
- You may take the maximum tax deduction allowed by law at the time the fund is established, or carry the deduction forward over the next five years if necessary.
- You gain a higher deduction for cash: up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI) compared to 30 percent for a private foundation.
- You gain a higher deduction for appreciated securities: up to 30 percent of AGI compared to 20 percent for a private foundation.
- You gain a fair market value deduction for other appreciated property (e.g. real estate) compared to only the cost basis for a private foundation.
- You pay no start–up costs.
- Annual costs are minimal. Our Board of Directors is committed to keeping costs as low as possible.
- There is no minimum payout, compared to the 5 percent distribution requirement for a private or family foundation.
- You pay no excise tax compared to the 2 percent excise tax for a private or family foundation.
- You avoid the expense of costly tax returns and other IRS filing requirements that apply to private and family foundations.
- You avoid the complicated self-dealing and conflict-of-interest regulations that are imposed on private and family foundations.