As you may have heard, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act as a result of economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain elements of this act help facilitate philanthropic contributions to worthwhile organizations, such as Sacred Heart Greenwich. Some specific provisions of the CARES Act related to charitable giving are referenced below. As always, please consider discussing with your professional tax advisor.

$300 CHARITABLE DEDUCTION FOR ALL: Even if you do not itemize deductions on your taxes, your gift can reduce your 2020 taxable income by up to $300 ($600 for couples). This is a special benefit for 2020. 

100% DEDUCTION ALLOWANCE FOR CASH GIFTS TO CHARITIES: For the 2020 tax year only, individuals may deduct cash gifts up to 100% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) compared to the typical 60% allowance. 

IRA DISTRIBUTIONS FOR DONORS AGE 70½ OR OLDER: Though the required minimum distribution (RMD) is temporarily suspended for 2020, gifts from an IRA rollover or qualified charitable distribution (QCD) will continue to reduce your taxable income (up to $100,000), especially if you do not itemize your deductions.