Cash Distribution Test: Private Foundation Set-Asides


The foundation satisfies the cash distribution test if:

  1. The specific project for which the amount is set aside will not be completed before the end of the tax year in which the set-aside is made,
  2. The foundation actually distributes for exempt purposes, in cash or its equivalent, the start-up period minimum amount during the foundation's start-up period, and
  3. The foundation actually distributes the full-payment period minimum amount in each tax year of the foundation's full-payment period.

New foundations may find the cash distribution test useful as they assess how much they will actually distribute for start-up projects.

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