The Liberals’ new income tax bracket has made charitable giving extra confusing. For the 2015 tax year, do-gooders still get a 15% credit on the first $200 of total donations, and everything above that gets a 29% credit. But starting in 2016, you’ll receive a 33% tax credit on a part of your donations if your income exceeds $200,000. Take someone earning $203,000 who donates $10,000: She’ll get a 15% credit on the first $200, 29% on the next $6,800 and 33% on the final $3,000 (the amount above the $200,000 income mark).
The bottom line: You may be able to get a bigger charitable tax credit in 2016, depending on your income level.
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