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Giving tips

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Here are a few tips and guidelines to make sure you get the greatest benefit from your donation.

Canadians know that giving brings with it a tremendous sense of connection and fulfillment. Check out these tips to see how to get the most out of your charitable gifts.

Save tax by taking full advantage of tax planning opportunities: Structure and time your gifts to limit any tax on the capital gain and obtain full benefit of the tax credits available to you.

Make gifts of securities instead of giving cash: In addition to the tax credit, NO tax on any capital gain applies to gifts of publicly-traded securities given to charities.

Limit taxes for your estate by gifting your RRSP or RRIF: Naming a charity as the beneficiary for your RRSP or RRIF usually eliminates the tax on this investment.

Executives should consider donating optioned stock: Cash proceeds from optioned stock may be donated within 30 days of the exercise date. Like public securities, the donated portion will incur NO tax on the capital gain.

Make your gift go farther: By designating a charity as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, donors can bequeath many times more to their favorite charity.

Know your limits: Up to 75% of net income (100% in the year of death) can be deducted annually. Any excess can be carried forward for the next five years.

Take control of your giving: Enjoy benefits of having your own private foundation without the administrative costs and complications.

Create a legacy: Many charities offer donors the ability to make gifts (and attach their names to them) so that others will know of their generosity for generations to come.