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Charitable Lead Trust
You can benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Thomas University without giving up the assets that you'd like your family to receive someday with a donation in the form of a charitable lead trust.
There are two ways that charitable lead trusts make payments to TU:
A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to TU 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 TU go up as well.
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Gifts That Pay
Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.
An Example of How It Works
George would like to support TU and provide for his children. Following his advisor's recommendation, George funds a charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $2,500,000.
George's trust pays $175,000 (7 percent of the initial fair market value) to TU each year for 15 years, which will total $2,625,000. After that, the balance in the trust goes to his children. Assuming a 6 percent investment return, the children will receive approximately $1,918,101.
His gift tax deduction is $2,182,775* against the $2,500,000 of assets. Therefore, only the difference ($317,225) 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 $2,500,000 outright to his children, it would have been a taxable gift.
*Assuming annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate.
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- Contact Grady Enlow at (229) 227-6903 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about supporting TU by setting up a charitable lead trust.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include TU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: Thomas University
Address: 1501 Millpond Road, Thomasville, GA 31792
Federal Tax ID Number: 58-0644897