Goal: Receive guaranteed fixed income that is partially tax-free
Benefit: Current and future savings on income taxes, plus fixed, stable payments
Joyce and Burton had been married for forty-seven
years. Not long before he died, Burton looked into converting some of their certificates
of deposit into a charitable gift annuity. He and Joyce met with their advisors
and found out it was a wonderful idea.
Joyce: We met with our tax
man and looked at the idea. When I saw the income we would have for the rest of
both of our lives and compared it to what we were receiving from our CD's, I was
there were tax benefits that helped us immediately. And now, I don't have to do
a thing - it's all taken care of.
The development officer explained how
they could use our support and what it meant to them. It was something Burton
and I did together, and I'm happy; really happy that we did it when we could
do it together!"
A charitable gift
annuity can provide tax benefits now and a lifetime income for the donor and
a beneficiary if desired. Perhaps also it brought peace of mind to Burton knowing
that Joyce would be provided for in the future.
deferred gift annuity is a variation on a gift annuity. A gift is made and
the charitable organization promises in return to pay you an income stream that
begins on a future date you specify. The annuity rate is calculated based on your age when the payments begin and will be greater than an immediate annuity based on your current age. The charitable deduction, which you get to take in the year of the gift (subject to your tax circumstances), will also be based on when the payments begin and will also be greater than if it was an immediate annuity.
A flexible deferred gift annuity allows you to pick a range of dates when the annuity payments will begin. For example, you might choose to begin quarterly payments on March 31st of any year not earlier than five years from now or later than ten years from now. The payment amount will be based on the year you choose in the future to have payments begin. The charitable gift deduction is based on the earliest possible beginning date (five years from now in this case) and is taken in the year of the gift, subject to your tax circumstances.
An attractive benefit of deferred gift annuities is that
they enable a donor to make a gift now and take a charitable income tax deduction
now while in a high tax bracket. Income may be deferred, for instance, until after
retirement, when the rate of tax will presumably be lower. Deferred gift annuities
are creative ways to delay income to pay for children's or grandchildren's college
your retirement income, or assist with assisted-care living arrangements that
may be inevitable.
A part of each payment, as in any gift annuity, may
be tax-free for a period of years. However, the precise amount of each payment
will depend on the tax rules in effect when the payments start.
Charitable gift annuities are the gifts that keep on giving. Rates on
charitable gift annuities are based on age and whether the contract is
immediate or deferred. If you would like an illustration of this life
income to address your particular situation, please click
and fill out the response form and send us the appropriate information.
To look at some specific rates on current gift annuities, click
. An example
of a charitable gift annuity is available.
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For more information or a confidential discussion of your charitable options, please email or call the Senior Director of Development, Jean Maginnis, at 207-893-7899.
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