The following is an illustration of how this type of donation works.
As Jerry and his wife, Ann, both 70, updated their estate plans, they spoke with their attorney about adding a charitable gift to their plans. Newly retired, the couple was looking for ways to secure future income.
Jerry and Ann established a $20,000 gift annuity by donating stock they purchased years ago for $5,000.
Charitable gift annuity: $20,000
Annual payout for both lifetimes: $920
Tax-free portion: $167
Capital gain income: $501
Ordinary income: $252
Immediate charitable income tax deduction: $6,5761
The above taxation is in effect throughout the couple's estimated life expectancy of 20.1 years. After that, the annuity is taxed as ordinary income. As noted above, the couple will pay some capital gains tax spread out over their life expectancies. A benefit, however, is that they will eliminate an immediate payment of $2,250 in capital gains tax that would be owed if they sold the stock instead.
If you fund a charitable gift annuity by Dec. 31, you'll qualify for a tax deduction on this year's income tax return, if you itemize on your taxes.
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1Based on annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions vary based on income earned.
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The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes apply to federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.