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Donating Securities

GHS is grateful for all cash donations, large and small, but if you have investments in securities (stocks and bonds) you may find it financially advantageous to donate them directly through Canada Helps rather than selling them first and donating the resulting cash. This Table shows you why:

  SELL SHARES & DONATE $ DONATE SHARES
via CANADA HELPS
Fair market value of shares $10,000 $10,000
Adjusted base cost of shares $4,000 $4,000
Capital gain $6,000 $6,000
Income inclusion for capital gain
$6,000 x 50% x 40% for tax

$1,350

$0
Amount going to charity $8,650 $10,000
Charitable tax receipt amount $8,650 $10,000
Tax credit for gift at 45% $3,892.50 $4,500
Tax savings after offsetting
tax on capital gain
:
$3892.50 – $1350
= $2542.50

$4,500


RESULT—You pay less tax and the charity receives a larger donation.

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