With the end of the year approaching we are asking you to consider a noble way to give yourself a tax break in 2013: Make a holiday gift to your favorite program in the UMass College of Engineering. "Private support for the college is vital throughout every season," advises the college's Director of Development Paula Sakey, "but your giving can mean even more if you make your gift to the college before this year winds down. A year-end contribution for the college can enhance education, research, and service, while also increasing your tax savings in 2013." Maximizing your charitable giving before December 31, 2013, can help you claim as many tax deductions as possible. Here are a few suggestions to make your year-end giving faster, easier, and more tax forgiving.