April is the Cruelest Month

“April is the cruelest month,
breeding lilacs out of the dead land,
mixing memory and desire,
stirring dull roots with spring rain.”

― T.S. EliotThe Waste Land

I am often reminded of this quotation by renowned poet T.S. Eliot around tax filing time. These lines talk about the expectations and disillusionments that can befall the investment decisions that are revealed in your tax returns.

snow irisSome of your investments unexpectedly become “lilacs out of the dead land…” Whether by your efforts or those of your financial partner they yield the positive results your desire. Your tax return can also revive memories of poor decisions and lost opportunities… “mixing memory and desire”

Whether you were pleased with your investment returns this year or not, you know that tax laws continually change. However, there remains one constant — charitable giving. Giving always yields positive results! Your giving affects the bottom line of the charities you support, and it changes lives of real people in ways most of us will never know. The way you give can also affect your financial health. For example:

  • If you bought or sold property this past year but did not go through the Stewardship Foundation, you might have missed some important tax benefits.
  • If you are holding onto property or a business because the market does not favor selling, you might benefit from alternative options the Stewardship Foundation can suggest.
  • If you tried to support a charity or non-profit using non-cash assets, but your preferred charity or non-profit was not in a position to receive it, you should contact the Stewardship Foundation for our assistance.

The Stewardship Foundation can work with donors and investors of most charities and non-profits. We are experienced at stirring dull roots with spring rain. Now is the time to plan and to explore your investment options for the 2104 tax year. Now is the time that your charities and non-profits need your financial support.

Turned 70-1/2 last year?

Charities are still reeling from the economic downturn of the few years. Frankly, many of them are hurting. But if you are at least 6 months over 70 years old and you’re required to take more from your IRA than you need, then you can make one of these charities’ life a bit brighter. But you have to hurry.

IRS deadline loomsThe Feds recently enacted tax legislation to allow a distribution to charity from any traditional or Roth IRA up to a maximum of $100,000 per donor. The distribution has to be made directly from your IRA to the charity, so you won’t have that warm fuzzy from penning the paper, but you’ll still be doing a world of good.

There’s some fine print in this deal that ends February 1, 2013, so if you want to take advantage of this distribution to charity we can advise how to do it correctly and help you contact your IRA custodian or representative to arrange for the proper transfer of funds.

If you qualify, and want to make a move now, we encourage you to learn more about the charities that uphold the values shared by the Stewardship Foundation – those that are catalysts for positive, life-affirming change in our communities.

We will work with your tax advisor, attorney and financial advisor to determine if this is the right financial move for you now – but time is running out. Contact Joe Finneran or Patrick Finneran to start the conversation today.