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The CARES Act and New Charitable Contribution Rules

2020 has been a difficult year for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits as we all have navigated the various impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing the desire of the American people to reach out and help others in time of need, lawmakers included several significant changes in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020 to encourage charitable giving. As you begin your year-end tax planning, please be aware of these key changes.

Individual Contributions

Under the CARES Act, beginning in 2020, individuals who do not itemize deductions may deduct up to $300 in charitable cash contributions (the limit applies regardless of the filing status). This universal charitable deduction is an above-the-line deduction and is deducted from the taxpayer’s income prior to the calculation of adjusted gross income. This deduction is in addition to the standard deduction.

Another positive change for individual taxpayers is this: the limitation for individuals who are still able to itemize their deductions has been significantly relaxed. Prior to the CARES Act, deductions for cash contributions to qualified charitable organizations was limited to 60 percent of the individual’s adjusted gross income. Under the CARES Act, the deduction for cash contributions to a qualified public charity in 2020 has been increased to 100 percent of the individual’s adjusted gross income. This is a substantial change as it could theoretically lead to zero taxable income for a donor. If the contribution amount exceeds 100 percent of the individual’s adjusted gross income, then the excess can be carried forward and utilized over the next five years.

It is important to note that both of these provisions, the new universal charitable contribution and the relaxed limitation on itemized deductions, apply to cash contributions to qualified public charities only. Contributions of non-cash property do not qualify for this special relief. Individuals may still claim non-cash contributions as a deduction, subject to the normal limits.

During this time of uncertainty, let us encourage you to keep your missionaries lifted up in prayer. Many of them are in places already suffering with poverty or places that have been hit particularly hard by the effects of COVID19.

Now more than ever, they need your ongoing prayer and financial support as many are looking to them for help, and in some cases depend on the resources they offer. This is a unique opportunity for the church to shine brightly in the midst of a scary time for a lot of people. We are so thankful for you and your ongoing commitment to seeing the Gospel go out and disciples made all over the earth! Together, we will continue to change the world!

What We Do

Our full-time, short term and intern missionaries have helped to establish church plants, orphanages, nutritional farms to feed malnourished children, discipleship training schools, safe houses to fight the sex slave trade, marketplace ministries and so much more. In addition to reaching out with the Gospel wherever possible, our FI missionaries and teams are used for extended cross-cultural training for missionary interns.

Who We Are

FIRE International is the missionary sending agency of FIRE (Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism), providing oversight and pastoral care for our graduates and others as they follow God’s calling to Shake The Nations and Change The World! God is releasing His anointing by His Spirit to bring Revival Fires upon the earth today. Partner with us and help us take the Gospel to the nations! If you, your Church, or Bible School is looking for a way to send workers to the harvest fields of the world, give us a call.

Newsletters from Our Missionaries

Frank & Carol LaPorta’s December 2020

Frank & Carol LaPorta’s December 2020

From the LaPorta household, we want to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and a very Blessed New Year. May the year 2021 outshine 2020 and may Father God shower down on you all health, happiness, and His agape love. May we all grow in His love and more into His...

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Jonathan & April Noah November 2020

Jonathan & April Noah November 2020

November 2020     We want to share with you a bit more about the Maasai tribe that we are working with in Tanzania.    Last month we shared a bit about their pastor and this month we would be honored to share a bit about the people and their life.   The Maasai can...

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Adina November 2020

Adina November 2020

                                                                            What's next? Time to go back overseas! A move of God on campus        This past semester has been filled with an increase of God moving in this area of Indiana as well on Taylor University's...

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Greg & Debbie Nissen November 2020

Greg & Debbie Nissen November 2020

November 2020 Dear family and friends, As the very interesting year of 2020 draws to a close, we would like to focus on what God has done and what we have to be thankful for. 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in...

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Joel & Pat Crumpton November 2020

Joel & Pat Crumpton November 2020

Greetings, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! October was a powerful breakthrough month for our ministry, as God opened opportunities in several states where I spent days and nights praying, equipping the saints to do the works of Jesus, and...

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Bethany Zimmerman November 2020

Bethany Zimmerman November 2020

Greetings Friends, Family and Partners, Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! I have always loved the spiritual principle of giving thanks in all circumstances and having a day set apart where we can focus on that with our loved ones is something I treasure. I love the...

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Brian & Stephanie Forbes November 2020

Brian & Stephanie Forbes November 2020

THE WORKSHOP   The 21st annual mission conference has come to a close. This year felt so smooth and peaceful. It was like the heavens were open over all. We stayed with some friends that just purchased a house this summer.  They had missionaries over for a campfire...

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Leann Peterson November 2020

Leann Peterson November 2020

Dear Family and Friends, November 2020 Happy Thanksgiving!  I pray you have a wonderful day of celebration with your loved ones!  What a year this has turned out to be!  Even with a pandemic, quarantines, and crazy politics, God is still worthy of our thanks and...

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Jessica Romero October 2020

Jessica Romero October 2020

Hello Family! In October a group of evangelists and I headed up to Washington, DC to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We joined our friend and street evangelist Sam Bethea for four days. We evangelized, prayed at the Supreme Court and we participated in the “Let Us...

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