Charitable Lead Trusts
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Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Salem Academy and College, yet you don't want to give up any assets that you'd like your family to receive someday? You can have it both ways with a charitable lead trust.
There are two ways charitable lead trusts make payments:
A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Salem Academy and College and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a unitrust, if the trust's assets go up in value, for example, the payments to Salem Academy and College go up as well.
Charitable lead trusts, as a gift option, are individually reviewed and considered prior to approval or acceptance.
Check Out This Potential Scenario
George would like to support Salem Academy and College and provide for his children. Following his advisor's recommendation, George funds a charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $800,000. George's trust pays $56,000 (seven percent of the initial fair market value) to Salem Academy and College each year for fifteen years, which will total $840,000. After that, the balance in the trust goes to his children. His gift tax deduction is $698,488* against the $800,000 of assets. Therefore only the difference ($101,512) is subject to gift tax, which is offset against his lifetime gift tax exclusion. After that, the remaining trust assets and all of their growth will pass to his family at zero additional cost in gift and estate taxes. Had George given the $800,000 outright to his children, it would have been a taxable gift.
*Assuming annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate.
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.