When we were kids, it seemed to take FOREVER for Christmas to get here. After Thanksgiving, you knew it was close but oh so far! Nowadays, it seems as if December just flies by. We have so much to do! How do we get it all done?
In the midst of the holiday chaos, let’s take a moment to handle charitable donations. Your favorite non-profit organization appreciates anything you can do for them.
You still have time to make a donation. You must make cash donations by December 31 to count them toward the 2013 tax year.
If you want to donate securities, call us the second you read this blog post. Time is running out to ensure processing of these types of donations by December 31.
Also, if you have old clothes, furniture, or other items to donate, you should deliver the items to the charity by December 31. (Some charities even offer pick-up service.) Make a detailed list of the items you donated. If something is particularly valuable, it would be a good idea to snap a picture. You would have proof, if you are ever audited, of the item’s condition.
It is possible to get everything done on time. As I mentioned, charities need our support. Just take a deep breath, make a list, and do one thing at a time. If you planned to make a donation, just add them to the “to do” list.
We hope everyone has a safe holiday season and a healthy, happy new year.
Cristy Freeman, AAMS
Senior Operations Associate