When it comes to charitable gift planning, depending upon your goals and hopes for the coming year, it might still be time to wait until the calendar rolls over to 2013 .
The rallying cry of "hurry up and wait" regarding charitable giving was sounded by Reuters in a recent article titled "Charitable giving in unclear tax times." One reason for playing wait and see is that we remain in the dark when it comes to the tax implications 2013 will bring. In fact, that darkness may not lift until long after the election, especially with retroactive tax policies a possibility.
Nevertheless, giving is easy, as far as major financial moves go. So you can wait and see if some definitive answer pops up before year's end. If 2013 will be a bad year tax-wise, and the gift can wait until 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, then the deduction can do the most good to offset new taxation. But, on the other hand, you might not want to waste the giving opportunity this year, and a deduction for 2012, by that minute.
In the end, you might end up going with your gut instinct on this one either way. Unfortunately, your legal, financial and tax advisors likely do not have a crystal ball to help you make the call.
Reference: Reuters (October 18, 2012) "Charitable giving in unclear tax times"