This year ends on a weekend so please take that into consideration if you plan to mail in any contributions.
Maximum tax benefits depend on timing. The last date to complete many gifts is Friday December 29, 2017. To count as a current year donation, the Presbytery must receive your gift postmarked on or before December 31, 2017. If you will NOT be in worship, make sure that your gift is clearly marked as a gift for First Presbyterian Church Bethlehem and mailed to the Presbytery of Lehigh at: 710 N Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA 18104.
Gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, and mutual funds) require planning. The effective date of your gift for tax purposes depends upon how you deliver the gift. The amount of your charitable deduction depends on the value of the securities at the time the gift is complete.
Mutual fund gifts: Start early to determine the fund’s processing time which varies widely from fund to fund. Some can complete your transfer within days of receiving your instructions; some take six weeks or more.
For all gifts of securities: Please notify the Presbytery Office (610-391-9020) of your intention to make a gift of stock to the Church or phone Linda Robertson at 610-865-2087. Most members directly transfer shares of stock electronically as it is the most efficient method. Alternatively, it is safest to sign a stock power and not sign the actual stock certificate(s). So, instead of signing your actual stock certificate, please obtain a medallion signature guarantee for your signature on a stock power and mail the stock power and a letter of authorization together in one envelope. The unendorsed stock certificate should be mailed in a separate envelope. Your gift will be effective as of the later of the two postmark dates.
Deadline: Latest postmark on materials mailed via USPS must be on or before Dec. 30, 2017.