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Monsanto Merger By The Numbers


Let’s Take A Look at the Numbers:
An Example of Out-of-Pocket Cost of Charitable Giving with These Assets

Basic Assumptions: Your client holds 10,000 shares of Monsanto with a basis of $25/share. The final offer is $128 per share cash.  Stock is trading at $115 in advance of the sale.  This is the price used for the gift transfer value.  Shareholder itemizes deductions and has sufficient ordinary income at a combined income tax rate (federal and state) of 44% to take advantage of this gift in full in the year of the contribution.  Shares are all long-term capital-gains property and subject to the 28.8% combined capital gains tax (federal long-term capital gains taxes, the 3.8% Medicare surtax and Missouri income taxes).

Calculating Proceeds of Outright Sale with No Charitable Gift

Sale Proceeds ($128 x 10,000 shares)                   $1,280,000

Original Cost Basis of Stock ($25x 10,000 shares) $   250,000

Shareholder’s Gain ($103 x 10,000 shares)            $1,030,000

Capital Gains Tax (.288 x $1,030,000)                    $  296,640

After-Tax Proceeds to Client                                 $   983,360


Calculating Tax Savings of a Pre-Sale Charitable Gift of $10,000

Gift Value ($115 x 10,000 shares)                           $1,150,000

Tax Savings of Charitable Income Tax Deduction     $  506,000

(i.e., 44% of the date of gift value)


Calculating the Out of Pocket Cost of Gift to Charity by Contrasting Sale vs. Gift

After Tax Proceeds of an Outright Sale                    $  983,360

Tax Savings of Charitable Gift                                  $  506,000

Out of Pocket Cost of Gift                                         $  477,360


In this example it “costs” the donor $477,360 to give $1,150,000 to charity, or about 41 cents per dollar given.


Planning Idea:
Give enough Stock to Cover Your Capital Gains Tax with a Charitable Deduction

Instead of making a charitable contribution of all or none of one’s appreciated stock in Monsanto, one might instead consider donating enough stock so that his or her charitable contribution deduction would offset his or her capital gains taxes on the merger proceeds of the retained portion of the Monsanto stock.  Using the same facts as in the prior examples, one would need to donate approximately 3,709 of the 10,000 shares to accomplish such a result.  The potential results of this strategy would be as follows:

Income Tax on Sale of 62.9% of Shares

Sale Proceeds ($128 x 6,291 shares)                        $ 805,248

Original Cost Basis of Stock ($25x 6,291 shares)      $ 157,275

Shareholder’s Gain ($103 x 6,291hares)                  $  647,973

Capital Gains Tax (.288 x $647,973)                         $ 186,616


Income Tax Deduction for Gift of 37.1% of Shares

Gift Value ($115 x 3,709 shares)                              $ 426,535

Income tax deduction (.44 x $ 426,535)                   $ 187,675


Net Proceeds of Sale and Gift

Sale Proceeds ($128 x 6,291 shares)                        $ 805,248

Less Capital Gains Tax (.288 x $647,973)                 ($186,616)

Plus Income Tax Deduction (.44 x $ 426,535)           $187,675

Net Value                                                                   $806,307


Disclaimer re: Tax, Legal and Accounting Advice

This memorandum was prepared for purely educational purposes for a hypothetical situation and many simplifying assumptions (both stated and unstated) have been used for purposes of helping illustrate certain key points. The St. Louis Community Foundation does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Any person should seek such advice from his own counsel, CPA or other appropriate advisor prior to engaging in a particular transaction.



 [1] The amount of charitable deduction a natural person may claim in any one year is limited to a percentage of your contribution base, generally your adjusted gross income with certain modifications. For gifts of cash to public charities, the limit is 50% of a natural person’s adjusted gross income. For gifts of long-term capital gain property, the limit is 30%. In both cases, any deduction that exceeds the amount a natural person can claim in the year of his or her gift due to these limitations can be carried over up to five additional tax years. Also, Section 68 of the Internal Revenue Code acts to reduce itemized deductions for certain taxpayers.

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