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Gifts of Closely Held Stock: Getting Started

Closely held stock is shares in a C Corporation, of which the majority of stock is held by a few shareholders. A gift of closely held stock can be a powerful way to contribute to our future.

Question MarkDid you know?
Retained earnings can be taxed twice, once on the corporate level and, if distributed as dividends, again on the individual level.

How It Works
You decide to give some of your shares of closely held stock to us (not so much as to reduce your ownership to 50 percent or less). Because there is no market to resell these shares, we may present the stock to your corporation for redemption, which could be paid for with your company's retained earnings. This gift provides us with much-needed funds once we can liquidate your stock and gives you an income tax deduction in an amount equal to the fair market value of your stock.

Are there any problems with this plan? The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that you cannot legally bind a charitable organization to go through the redemption at the time it receives the shares. There can be no prearranged contract or agreement for the corporation to buy the stock. But the IRS accepts a tax court holding that a charitable organization may independently offer the donated stock for redemption.


Gifts of Closely Held Stock
You
You
1
You give stock to The Humane Society of the United States.
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You receive an income tax deduction.
The Humane Society of the United States
3
Company may repurchase stock from The Humane Society of the United States.
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Cash is given to The Humane Society of the United States.
How You Benefit
  • Neither you nor The Humane Society of the United States will owe capital gains taxes on the shares you donate to charity.
  • You qualify for an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the stock.
  • You maintain control of the corporation.

Please contact Steve Maughan at 800-808-7858 or smaughan@humanesociety.org if we can answer any questions you have about this tax-smart way to give to The Humane Society of the United States.






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