Lake Mary, Winter Park, Longwood, Maitland, Florida Estate Planning and Charitable Giving Law Firm
You could donate an asset directly to charity and gain an
immediate charitable income tax deduction.
In one fell swoop, you’d reduce the value of your estate—and thus future
estate taxes—as well as avoid capital gains taxes. But you’d miss out on an opportunity to
maximize your income.
The Charitable Remainder Trust combines current charitable
income tax deductions and future estate tax deductions with the opportunity to
avoid capital gains tax on a highly appreciated asset. It then goes one step further to provide you
with a new source of income.
A Charitable Remainder Trust delivers best results when
benefactors have a highly appreciated asset—such as real estate or stocks—that
provides little or no income.
When you create your Charitable Remainder Trust, you
transfer your highly appreciated asset to your Trust. The asset is usually sold, with the proceeds
used to buy income-producing investments.
Then, each year for the rest of your life, you’ll receive income from
your Charitable Remainder Trust. When
you die, your designated charity will receive whatever remains in your
Trust. Hence the name: Charitable Remainder Trust.
The incentives for using the Charitable Remainder Trust
- an immediate charitable income tax deduction
based upon the fair market value of the asset given away (less your received
interest—or future income and subject to normal percentage limitations applied
to itemized deductions);
- an opportunity to put the full value of your
appreciated asset to work for you and avoid the costly impact of capital gains
- and a charitable estate tax deduction on the
full fair market value of the asset you’ve donated to the charity when you die.
It may sound like the Charitable Remainder Trust is a
complex legal tool. But just the
opposite is the case. Working with your
estate planning attorney, you can set one up in fairly short order.
For more information on
charitable planning, please contact us.