Charitable giving is important all year 'round, but it's often this time of year when we receive the vast majority of solicitations. Why? Well, charities know that if you're in the position to itemize, you may be looking for a few more deductions to offset some gains and bring your entire tax bill down.
Effective tax and estate planning is often about accounting for trade-offs. Depending on what is included in your particular estate, charitable giving may offer a trade-off that maximizes benefits for you and your family. It is necessary to use the right legal instruments if you intend to make a positive difference in the world while also protecting your estate.
It is difficult to imagine the frustration that must have been felt by a Sacramento couple as they tried to do something good, and were slapped on the hands for their efforts.