EHL Consulting Discusses Changes in Tax Planning and Charitable Giving in 2012

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EHL Consulting featured as guest author for the Giving Institute’s weekly blog.

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We are encouraging our clients to reach out immediately to their best donors and engage them in discussions about year-end gift-giving strategies.

Philadelphia fundraising firm The EHL Consulting Group will be the featured guest author in the Giving Institute’s weekly blog, which highlights nonprofit best practices and fundraising strategies. The post has timely importance for the end of the year and examines important new changes to the tax code that could dramatically impact charitable giving in the end of 2012, 2013, and beyond.

“Tax Planning and Charitable Giving: Aligning Donor Thinking and Nonprofit Strategy as 2012 Comes to a Close” will be featured this week starting Monday, December 3rd and can be accessed at the Giving Institute’s Resources Page: http://givinginstitute.org/category/member-posts/

“The possible expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts coupled with other potential changes to the U.S. tax code could have a major impact on nonprofits across the nation, and around the world,” notes Robert I. Evans, EHL Consulting’s Founder and Managing Director. “Although we are not sure what the playing field will look like next year, high net worth donors are confronting difficult tax planning and charitable giving decisions right now.”

An overview of the possible tax law changes includes the expiration of the income, qualified dividends, and capital gains tax cuts enacted in the early 2000s, along with the sunset of estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and tax rates. The increased tax rates could possibly decrease high net worth individuals’ income devoted to philanthropy, which could adversely affect charitable giving in the U.S. and beyond.

“We are encouraging our clients to reach out immediately to their best donors and engage them in discussions about year-end gift-giving strategies,” says Avrum D. Lapin, Director and Senior Partner at EHL Consulting.

“Nonprofits must recognize that the most sophisticated lead and major donors have reviewed their personal situations with their tax and money experts and they have developed special strategies for 2012 and, possibly, for 2013. Nonprofits and fundraising specialists need to engage these donors sooner rather than later.”

About EHL Consulting Group

The EHL Consulting Group is a nonprofit fundraising firm located in suburban Philadelphia, and is one of only 38 fundraising management firms that belong to the Giving Institute. Founded in 1991, the Philadelphia fundraising firm guides nonprofit organizations across the United States and around the world in understanding and implementing the most effective ways to raise money and sustain support.

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