Mission del Sol has opened up a low-cost brokerage account to allow members to give appreciated shares of stock or EFTs. Example: Say you purchase 100 shares at $20 a share. Now, after a year, the stock price is worth $25 a share. Instead of you selling your shares and owing a capital gains tax on the $500 profit (100 x $5), consider gifting the shares to the church’s brokerage account. Mission del Sol will then sell the shares and owe NO tax. The church receives $2500 (100 shares x $25), and the donor who itemizes for the tax deduction, gets to use $2500 for the gift amount. Our church financial secretary, Susan Osman, can give members the brokerage account and DTC number to transfer assets electronically. Very efficient!