When appreciated property is sold, the seller must typically pay capital gains tax on the appreciation – the difference between the cost basis of the property and its current fair market value. Cost basis is generally the value of the property when the new owner acquired the asset. If the asset has been depreciated, such as an auto used in business, rental property, or other capital asset, the basis will be reduced by the amount of depreciation.
However, if you make an outright gift of appreciated assets to any qualified charity, you are not subject to capital gains tax. Likewise, when the charity sells the asset, it is exempt from paying capital gains tax. Therefore, outright gifts of appreciated assets, such as publicly-traded securities, real estate, and other usable or readily marketable assets, can be economically advantageous to both the donor and the charity.
Real estate gifts are welcomed by Children At Heart Ministries if the property can be used by one of our ministries to serve children or if it can be readily sold and the proceeds used for serving children. Children At Heart Ministries will generally not accept real estate gifts that one of its ministries cannot use, real estate that cannot be readily sold, or real estate that contains environmental hazards.
For more information about Property Gifts, contact Children At Heart Ministries at 512-255-3668.