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New Different Minimal Tax guidelines would possibly imply donating extra to charity

Jamie Golombek: AMT may very well be a difficulty for higher-income taxpayers if a charitable reward is made in 2024, versus 2023

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The beginning of fall brings wafts of pumpkin spice all the things, from seasonal lattes to limited-edition Cheerios, and altering colors, but in addition the start of the ultimate push for charitable giving, which have to be achieved by Dec. 31 if you wish to reap the tax advantages in your 2023 tax return.

However should you’ve observed an additional chill within the air this yr, it might be coming from a worry that proposed modifications to the Different Minimal Tax (AMT), set to take impact Jan. 1, 2024, will considerably damper the tax advantages historically related to charitable donations, thus lowering the extent of charitable giving.

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My purpose right here is to reassure each donors and charities that, for essentially the most half, the brand new AMT received’t have an effect on very many individuals, and that even high-income donors, who earn most of their revenue from employment or self-employment, are unlikely to be affected.

There are, nonetheless, some distinctive conditions the place AMT might apply in 2024, suggesting that for a really choose group of philanthropists who donate considerably to charity, performing some planning this fall, maybe by making a big reward in 2023 as an alternative of in 2024 (or past), might reap vital tax financial savings.

The AMT system imposes a minimal degree of tax on taxpayers who declare sure deductions, exemptions or credit to cut back the tax they owe to very low ranges. There’s a parallel tax calculation below the AMT that permits fewer deductions, exemptions and credit than below the common revenue tax calculation. If the quantity of tax calculated utilizing the AMT system is greater than the quantity of tax owing utilizing the common tax system, the distinction owing is payable as AMT for the yr.

Within the 2023 federal finances, the federal government introduced that “to raised goal the AMT to high-income people,” a number of modifications can be made to the principles for calculating the AMT, starting in 2024. The modifications, which have been formally launched in Parliament over the summer time, embody elevating the AMT price to twenty.5 per cent from 15 per cent, rising the quantity of revenue under which AMT won’t apply ($173,000 in 2024) and broadening the AMT base by limiting sure quantities that scale back taxes. All provinces and territories additionally impose AMT, which is usually calculated as a proportion of the federal AMT.

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Since AMT can solely come up in 2024 in case your revenue calculated below the AMT guidelines exceeds the proposed $173,000 AMT exemption, most taxpayers don’t have to fret about it. However AMT may very well be a difficulty for higher-income taxpayers if a charitable reward is made in 2024, versus 2023. Why? As a result of a few AMT modifications particularly goal charitable giving.

First, below the conventional tax guidelines for charitable donations, you get a federal credit score of 15 per cent for the primary $200 of items. The federal credit score price jumps to 29 per cent for cumulative donations above $200 (or 33 per cent if in case you have revenue of greater than $235,675 in 2023). Parallel provincial credit work equally.

Beneath the present AMT guidelines, the donation tax credit score might be totally utilized towards any AMT owing. Beginning in 2024, nonetheless, solely 50 per cent of the donation tax credit score will probably be allowed when calculating the AMT. This alone, nonetheless, isn’t sufficient to trigger AMT, even for high-income donors.

It’s solely a priority when a donor earns some tax-preferred revenue or takes sure deductions. For instance, a donor who has a big capital acquire, workout routines qualifying worker inventory choice advantages or has losses carried ahead from a previous yr may very well be affected.

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Let’s take somebody who realizes a big capital acquire in 2024, maybe on the sale of a enterprise or revenue property. Beneath the common tax system, solely 50 per cent of the capital acquire is taxable. Beginning in 2024, nonetheless, 100 per cent of the capital acquire will probably be taxable for AMT functions. Couple that with a charitable donation credit score, which might solely be 50 per cent allowable below the AMT system, and the quantity of AMT payable by the donor might improve.

The second AMT adjustment is expounded to in-kind donations of publicly traded shares, mutual funds or segregated funds to a registered charity. Beneath the peculiar tax guidelines, you get a donation receipt equal to the honest market worth of the securities or funds being donated, and also you pay zero capital beneficial properties tax on any accrued acquire.

Beginning in 2024, nonetheless, 30 per cent of the capital beneficial properties on securities which might be donated in-kind will probably be included in revenue below the brand new AMT guidelines. Since solely 50 per cent of the donation credit score will probably be allowed for AMT functions as defined above, the result’s that for vital donations of publicly listed securities, further AMT might end in 2024 that might not have arisen had the donation been made in 2023.

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Which means that now could be the time to succeed in out to your tax adviser to see whether or not you need to do some proactive planning in 2023 to attenuate the impression of AMT in 2024. Such planning might embody triggering a capital acquire in 2023, exercising worker inventory choices or making a charitable reward earlier than year-end.

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A remaining planning consideration is that should you’re uncertain of the place you in the end need to donate, you may take into account making your reward in 2023 to a donor suggested fund (DAF), which is an account at a public basis that holds your donation. You’ll get a 2023 tax receipt in your donation and keep away from any 2024 AMT penalties of delaying your reward. Then, in 2024 and past, you’ll be able to have the DAF make distributions to any of your favorite charities.

Jamie Golombek, CPA, CA, CFP, CLU, TEP, is the managing director, Tax & Property Planning with CIBC Non-public Wealth in Toronto. [email protected].

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