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Mr. Disraeli
I am planning to make a gifts to my alma mater with common stocks I own upon my passing. If I were still alive, I would benefit from the deduction as a charitable gift on my Federal Income tax. However, having passed, there should only be a final Federal and State Income Tax on whatever income was received for the year. Credit for the donation would probably exceed the amount allowed for the year, and since there would be no future filings, carryover would be lost. However, if the securities were to be willed to my daughter, with the understanding that they were to be gifted to the school, would she not benefit with credit for the donation which could carryover for her for another four years?
Also, since inheritances are not Federally taxed I don't know about States (Washington, New Hampshire, North Carolina?) - would this not avoid affecting her AGI?

Hello sorry for my delay as I have been moving.

I don't know know the carryover works after death.  I doubt it exists.  Your daughter cannot inherit a tax credit from you.  She would have to make the contributions and deduct them or carry them forward.  Inheritances ARE taxed if they are over the maximum deduction,  but not as an income tax.  It is a separate return.  

I don't know about the states either.  Hope this helps.

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