Benefits of Donating Stock
Let’s imagine an example. You purchased 1,000 shares a few years ago at $3 per share.Your total cost basis is $3,000.Now consider that this stock has appreciated greatly over time and is now worth $30 a share. Your fair market value of these shares is now $30,000. You are planning on donating to EB by selling some of this stock and giving the cash proceeds. Assuming a capital tax gains rate of 15%, the appreciation of your stock would create a $4,050 tax liability. In this scenario, you would only be able to donate $25,950.
Now let's consider a direct contribution of stock to EB: You might be able to eliminate your capital gains tax exposure while claiming a deduction for the full amount of the $30,000 gift, thereby saving you further on taxes (assuming itemized deductions).