Need a last minute Christmas present? Talk charity

By Staff | December 24, 2012 | Last updated on September 15, 2023
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’Tis the season to give, and what better way to do so than to give to those less fortunate?

For clients who have some last minute shopping to do, suggest they open their wallets to a charity on behalf of that special someone.

Not only do will it leave them feeling good, but they’ll also receive tax benefits. And all charitable donations made before December 31 get a tax receipt for 2012.

Read: Don’t miss these year-end tax deadlines

However, warn your client about gifting tax shelter schemes. If a charity offers a tax receipt for an amount larger than she donates, it’s probably not a valid organization. Getting tax advice before signing any documents is best.

Read: Protect clients from gifting tax shelter schemes

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