01 Apr
April 01, 2019

Beginning in 2018, many individuals and families lost the ability to fully deduct charitable donations as an itemized deduction. This is due to the doubling of the standard deduction and the limitation of many itemized deductions as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. For those over age 70½, a qualified charitable distribution can be a great way to make a charitable donation in a tax-efficient manner.

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26 Sep
September 26, 2018

Did you know that women are more likely to give to charity, tend to give more to charity, and are more likely to volunteer compared to men?

Based on survey results published by Fidelity Charitable, women are also more likely than men to seek advice from professionals when making decisions about their charitable giving.

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24 Apr
April 24, 2018

Yes, that is Pease, not peace.

Donald Pease was a Congressman from Ohio who inserted a “stealth tax” into the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1990. The purpose of this Pease limitation was to raise revenue by limiting itemized deductions for high income earners.

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10 Jan
January 10, 2018

Now that the dust has settled a bit from the new tax law, it’s time to talk about tax planning strategies moving forward into 2018. There certainly are a number of changes packed into the latest legislation; however, we will be focusing on the new, increased standard deduction and how that will impact your charitable donations.

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06 Jan
January 06, 2016

Community foundations across the country are working hard to improve their local communities, but many people are not aware of how they work or the benefits of partnering with them. Here’s an example of how Savant partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) in a guest blog from their president, Jon Bates.

Jon Bates, CFNIL President

In November, Savant Capital Management received the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT AwardTM, part of Schwab’s annual IMPACT Awards® program which recognizes excellence in

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08 Sep
September 08, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spread like wildfire across social media. And while we saw many young people take the challenge, we have to wonder – did they comprehend the deeper idea behind donating to ALS, or did they just have fun dumping ice water over their heads? This thought led to an array of questions about the value of charitable giving and how to teach it at a young age to ensure it evolves into a habit and not

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15 Aug
August 15, 2008

You hear about them every once in a while: the lady that worked an ordinary job and her estate left over $4 Million dollars to her favorite charity. How did she get there? Was she the recipient of a sizeable inheritance? How could she accumulate such a large chunk of money? Today’s environment finds many people struggling with personal financial issues. How about the other side of the coin: what traits can you develop to put yourself (and

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12 Dec
December 12, 2007

Do you want to simplify your charitable giving plan?  Do you want the benefits of a family foundation without all of the complicated regulations?  If you answered yes, you may want to consider using a Donor Advised Fund (DAF).

DAFs have become very popular in recent years. The concept is quite simple.  An investor (donor) can open an account at a sponsoring company.  Fidelity and Vanguard each offer DAF accounts.  Our local community foundation also offers a DAF.  Once

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10 Dec
December 10, 2007

I will never forget the year Mom received “Buttercup.”  She had religiously collected every ornament from Hallmark’s Mary’s Angels Collection.  But she missed Buttercup one year.  She had come to accept the fact her collection would never be complete.  When she opened her gift and identified the lost treasure, she cried tears of joy.

Ask any child if they would prefer to get a gift or give a gift, the answer becomes abundantly clear.  However, as we mature into young adults

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11 Jan
January 11, 2007

Did you know that the federal government has established guidelines for gift tax exemptions and gift tax rates for all property? While these guidelines are generous– everyone has a lifetime gift tax exemption of $1,000,000– it’s still important for you to understand them.

In 2007 and 2008, the IRS determined that gifts under $12,000 per person, per year, were exempt from a federal gift tax.  Gifts over the annual $12,000 per person limit are called “taxable gifts.”  In the

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