New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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CONTINUED FROM Page 1AMost nonprofits say 2005 was good year
Many local organizations, such as New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center, see an increase in giving at the end of the year.
“I think people are in a more giving mood around Christmas time,” said Barbra Bowden, the center’s executive director. "We have a few regular donors, but we don’t really know what to expect this year.”
Bowden said the pregnancy center’s volunteers and staff are still counting their blessings over the center’s new location, completed in November.
“We serve over 200 young
women and their families, so we’re always in need of tons of diapers, formulas, cribs ...,” she said.
Nancy Bower, president of the New Braunfels Art League, said the league has secured a matching grant this year for its renovation project. Though most of the art league’s funds come from grants, individuals also make a difference. Proceeds from all art purchased at the art league benefits future projects.
“Sales usually pick up around Christmas time, but they are down this year,” Bower said. “It might be because people have been focused on helping hurricane victims.”
Kelly Stallings, director of Connections, said her organization would have benefited from more public exposure. Connections, a social service group, is still focused on col
lecting used items, as well as monetary support. Currently they are looking for gently-used family cars.
“We have had several small goals this year and expect to have an annual goal next year,” Stallings said.
She said a survey of families who have used Connections’ services shows a high level of satisfaction. However, many of the families are not financially able to give back to the organization.
For Connections, as for many nonprofits, a big part of fund raising is educating people about the organization and its influence on the community.
“We’re just going to focus on making sure people understand that we serve all youth and families,” she said. “We are impacting people that everybody knows.”TAX TIPS
■ Sales taxes are still an itemized deduction for 2005. You can either use actual receipts or the standard from the IRS tax table. lf you made certain major purchases, the sales tax on these items can be added to the standard amount.
■ Real estate taxes are only deductible in the year paid. lf you pay your 2005 tax bill in January 2006, they are not deductible for your 2005 return. Depending upon the amount of your total itemized deductions, you want to group them up every other year to maximize the benefits.
■ lf you purchased a hybrid vehicle, you may qualify for a clean fuel deduction.
■ lf you itemize, you can contribute cash or property to charitable organizations. Make a list of items donated along with an estimate of the goods value. Be aware that there are new rules this year for contributions of vehicles and boats.
■ Contribute to a retirement account. There are numerous retirement plans available depending on whether you are an employee or self-employed. Many of these are available for 2005 contributions until April 15.
■ Educators can deduct up to $250 of unreimbursed classroom expenses directly from income with any remaining expenses subject to the 2 percent of adjusted gross limitation on itemized deductions.
■ You can make gifts of up to $11,000 per year per person. These generally cause no tax to the giver or recipient.
■ Consult your CPA or tax professional for specific advice regarding your personal or business tax situation._
Courtesy of Carolyn Sexton Craig, certified public accountant
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