Is your NCAA bracket busted? Mine sure is – I’d hoped the three Iowa teams would have more success.

But all the talk about brackets made me think about a common misunderstanding about tax brackets.

Pop Quiz: If you are in the 25% tax bracket, does that mean your gross income is taxed at 25%? No. But this seems to be a common misunderstanding.

There are seven federal income tax brackets: 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35% and 39.6%.

Let’s say you are a single taxpayer who earns $35,000 per year. The first $9,075 of your income is taxed at 10%, and the remaining $25,925 is taxed at 15%. The higher your income, the more tax brackets you pass through. Taxpayers with high taxable income can pay up to seven different rates.

Understanding basics about tax brackets,  and the tax code generally, can make a huge difference when it comes to charitable giving.

Smart charitable giving almost always means smart charitable giving tax strategy. About this huge, and hugely important topic, much more soon.

 This short article is presented for informational purposes only, not as tax advice or legal advice. Consult a tax professional for personal advice.

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Will the story of Prince Farming have a fairytale ending?

ABC’s The Bachelor, Season 19, is coming to a close. On tonight’s finale, Chris Soules, the dreamy farmer from beautiful Arlington, Iowa, will choose between Whitney and Becca. Who will get the final rose? Whitney says she loves Chris, but does she really want to give up the big city and successful nursing career for life on the farm? And does Becca have enough real-life experience to take the next step with Chris? The chiropractic assistant revealed she’s never been in love.

Please don’t judge.

Sure, I have better things to do with my time than watch reality TV. But, I’m a sucker for watching Iowans on the national stage. And, setting aside the predictable formula and questionable premise of finding true love through competition, there’s no denying the show revealed Des Moines to be a happening urban center and rural northeast Iowa a pastoral wonder, which has been fun to see. So this year, I admit I’ve not only watched The Bachelor regularly, I’ve even followed its drama online and embarrassed myself asking friends if they are “Team Whitney” or “Team Becca.” And I can say for certain what Prince Farming should do.

The path for Chris Soules is clear

Chris and whoever he chooses to share his life on the farm can deepen their love by embracing charitable giving. As a farmland owner, Chris is a great real-life example of someone who should pursue some tax-savvy charitable giving opportunities.

Specifically, he should give farmland to his favorite causes, and he should give now instead of later for maximum benefit. He should (1) use the federal charitable tax deduction, (2), avoid long-term capital gains taxes, and (3) take advantage of the Endow Iowa Tax Credit. In fact, he should combine all three to achieve tax savings and increase the value of his gifts dramatically..What great role models Chris and his new fiancée (?) could be.

The Bachelor could be The Benefactor

ABC, here’s a new show idea: a guy who deeply cares about his community and state explores tax-savvy opportunities for charitable giving. There would be fewer tears and less kissing, but plenty of thrills and true love. Call me.

Gordon Fischer Law Firm, P.C.

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DATE:  02/24/2015


Iowa City – Gordon Fischer, a practicing attorney in Iowa for more than 20 years, has opened his own law firm — Gordon Fischer Law Firm, P.C. — with a focus on charitable giving. Blending his legal experience and service background, Fischer works with nonprofit organizations and donors across the state, addressing their unique challenges and capitalizing on opportunities.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, where he served as a student government leader, Fischer received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Southern Illinois University. After law school, Fischer clerked for the Iowa Court of Appeals. He then joined the Des Moines firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, P.C. He became a partner and gained a reputation for skilled and conscientious litigation in all areas of law, with a focus on employment. In 2013, Gordon left the firm to become Vice President of Gift Planning Strategies for the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, where he helped donors plan and achieve their philanthropic goals. In 2014, he received the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from The American College of Financial Services. Fischer serves the community and his profession in a variety of ways, on boards and commissions and as a mentor and hands-on volunteer.

As part of his charitable giving education and outreach efforts, Fischer has a blog and an enewsletter (subscribe). He is also a frequent speaker and trainer at conferences, meetings and other events on a topics related to charitable giving, the nonprofit sector and the law.



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