Charitable Remainder Unitrust
A charitable remainder unitrust allows you to make a substantial gift of cash, securities, real estate or possibly other assets, and receive income from the trust based on a fixed percentage of the annual fair market value of the trust assets
. Annual income distribution amounts will fluctuate with the annual net fair market value of the assets.
The initial trust value is established by the net fair market valued of the assets. At the time the trust agreement is drafted, you choose who will receive the income distribution. You may designate yourself and your spouse as income beneficiaries or you may wish to name your children or other loved ones. When the specified income distribution period ends, the remaining trust assets are distributed to the ELCA ministries you have designated.
With a charitable remainder trust you can:Tax Benefits
+ give to the ministries of the ELCA
+ receive income distributions for life or a term of years
+ receive an immediate charitable tax deduction
+ bypass capital gains taxes
+ reduce or eliminate estate taxes and probate costs
In addition to providing for yourself, your loved ones and ELCA ministries, charitable remainder trusts provide tax benefits.
In the year of your gift, you receive a charitable deduction for the present value of the calculated charitable remainder of the assets initially given. If your deduction exceeds what you may deduct in the year of your gift, the remaining portion can be carried forward for up to five years.
A gift of appreciated assets allows you to bypass the capital gains taxes. Your appreciated asets are placed in the charitable remainder trust. The ELCA, as trustee, sells the assets and invests the proceeds to meet the requirements of the trust. Because the trust is considered a tax exempt entity, no capital gain tax is paid upon the sale of its assets. In order to take advantage of this bypass, you must place the assets in the trust before they are sold.
Reduce or eliminate estate taxes and probate costs. Your gift to a charitable remainder trust is irrevocable. When an individual or married couple are the only income beneficiaries, the estate will receive a deduction for the value of the trust corpus. If there are other income beneficiaries, the estate tax benefits may be reduced. Disclosure Statement
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