IRA Charitable Rollover and Other Tax Extensions Passed by House Committee

Charitable Gift Planning

The House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 6049, the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008, on May 15, 2008. The bill includes a one-year extension of the $100,000 IRA Rollover for taxpayers age 70 and over, as well as many other tax extenders and renewable energy provisions.

Included in the bill are one-year extensions on the deduction for state and local sales tax, a deduction for educational expenses, the teacher’s expense deduction, a provision allowing non-itemizers to deduct a portion of property taxes, and an expanded child tax credit for low-income taxpayers.

Charitable-related extensions include the enhanced deductions for gifts of apparently wholesome food, gifts of books to schools, gifts of computers for educational purposes and favorable Subchapter S basis rules for gifts of appreciated property.

Charles Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the Committee, commented that “This bill would provide critical tax relief to help working families cope with the rising cost of living. Furthermore, this bill would extend vital tax incentives for American businesses to help them invest in new technologies and remain competitive internationally.” He also stated that the bill’s energy provisions will “reduce our dependency on foreign oil.”

Let’s hope that’s true! Look for passage of the bill by the House and Senate sometime next month.

This post is excerpted from an article in the May 19, 2008 Giftlaw eNewsletter.

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