Zero Cost Donation Option for Virginia Corporations
or High-Income Individuals and Couples


Assume, as an example, that you make a $10,000 donation to the Soho Center and our Virginia Health Information Project

This $10,000 donation will give you the standard $10,000 federal deduction worth approximately $3,500 of federal tax savings.

In addition, you will receive a 65% Virginia Income Tax Credit - in this case a credit of $6,500.  You can use this tax credit, dollar-for-dollar, to pay your Virginia income tax obligations (or receive a refund of previously-paid taxes from the current year).
In other words,
your donation of $10,000 gives the Soho Center $10,000 of support - while lowering your combined federal and state taxes by $10,000 - which makes the net cost of your donation zero.

You can, of course, scale the donation amount in this example up or down as you wish, but the zero cost remains.


Donors often ask what is the "right donation amount" to make - especially when the donation doesn't cost anything.

Our general advice (if you want to do the most good) is to take your total annual Virginia income tax obligation and multiply it by 1.5 to get the "right" amount.

Here's why -

If, for example, your total annual Virginia income tax obligation is $5,000, then donate $7,500 ($5,000 x 1.5).  If you do this, the 65% tax credit you receive will be approximately $5,000 which will essentially redirect your entire year's worth of Virginia income tax, giving the maximum donation to the Soho Center - at no cost to you.

In other words, multiplying your total annual Virginia income tax obligation by 1.5 and donating that amount will create a tax credit that will complete eliminate your Virginia income tax, and it will lower your federal tax by an amount that will make your total donation cost nothing.

If you have any questions or are ready to make a donation and take advantage of this unique zero-cost option, please call Soho's Director, Jeanna Beker, at 540-923-5012 to get the simple half-page form needed for your Tax Credit* from the state.

NOTE: If you make your donation with appreciated assests (stock or other securities), your tax savings will be even bigger since you won't have to liquidate them (and pay capital gains) before using the net proceeds to make your donation.
NOTE:   If you are in the 15%, 25%, or 28% federal tax bracket, you can still make a \zero-cost donation using a modified approach.  For more information on this option, please Click Here

*Tax Credit information - The Soho Center is a 17 year participant in Virginia's Neighborhood Assistance Program.  This innovative state program rewards donors to the Soho Center with an income tax credit worth 65% of their donated amount.  This tax credit can then be used, dollar-for-dollar, to pay the donor's Virginia income tax obligations.  Any excess credit can be rolled forward and used by the donor for up to 5 years.  For more information on this tax credit program, please call the Soho Center at 540-923-5012.


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