The following is an illustration of how this type of donation works.
Phil owns virtually all of the stock in a company he founded as a young entrepreneur. Its current valuation is $2 million. Phil's cost basis is zero because his original investment has long since been written off for tax purposes.
The corporation has $200,000 in retained earnings, and Phil is concerned that the IRS may question the retention of this amount and decide to impose a second tax on it. Moreover, he has wanted to make a major contribution to us. So, Phil gives us $200,000 worth of his stock, and both he and Willamette University accomplish their goals.
Phil's Tax Benefits
- Phil receives an income tax deduction of $200,000. He avoids federal taxes on the capital gain, plus possible taxes at the state level, too.
- His corporation solves its potential retained earnings problem, including a potential federal penalty tax on accumulated earnings.
- Phil retains full control of his company.
- Willamette University receives $200,000 once the stock is redeemed.