Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Charitable Giving Benefits From Cares Act Extended Into 2021
Flagler College students and their families are navigating uncharted waters as they complete the 2020-2021 academic year. The college is also dealing with a growing number of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, Congress recognizes the need faced by many families and nonprofits and the importance of continued charitable giving. Through their actions, they have allowed individual and corporate donors to maintain or increase their giving in order to support the missions they most hold dear.
Below are key provisions of the CARES Act which were extended into 2021 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act that are designed to help you make a gift in support of Flagler’s mission and our students.
Extension of the above-the-line charitable deduction: All taxpayers may take up to $300 in annual charitable cash contributions, even if you do not itemize. It is an "above the line" adjustment to income that will reduce a donor's adjusted gross income, reducing taxable income. For 2021, this above-the-line deduction is increased to $600 for married couples filing jointly. A donation to a donor advised fund does not qualify for this new deduction.
New Deduction Available: All taxpayers may take up to $300 ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable cash contributions, even if you do not itemize. It is an "above the line" adjustment to income that will reduce a donor's adjusted gross income, reducing taxable income. A donation to a donor advised fund does not qualify for this new deduction.
New Charitable Deduction Limits: Individuals and corporations that itemize can deduct much greater amounts of their cash contributions to charities. Individuals can elect to deduct donations up to 100% of their 2021 adjusted gross income (up from 60%). Corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income (up from 10%). The higher deduction does not apply to donations to a donor advised fund.
Thanks to our alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends for stepping forward to offer support to our students through the Flagler College Cares: Emergency Relief Fund. This fund is being used to help students affected by the COVID-19 crisis by providing assistance for housing, food, technology, and other emergency needs. Please consider a gift today by visiting flagler.edu/support or by calling 904-819-6437.