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Case Study

The following is an illustration of how this type of donation works.

Susan, 60, wants to make a gift to a qualified charitable organization but would also like more income in the future.

Gift: Susan creates a charitable remainder unitrust with annual lifetime payouts to her equal to 6 percent of the fair market value of the trust assets. She funds the trust with $250,000 in stock, which she originally bought for $85,000. The stock paid her annual dividends of $5,000.

Benefits to giver: Susan receives $15,000 the first year from the trust, tripling her previous income. Subsequent payout amounts vary each year depending on the annual valuations of the trust assets. She is eligible for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $81,3051 in the year she creates and funds the trust. This deduction saves Susan $22,765 in her 28 percent tax bracket.

Note: If Susan had sold the stock and not given it to the trust, she would not have received the charitable deduction, and she would have paid an additional $24,750 in capital gains tax.

Benefits to the organization: At the end of the trust term (in this case, after Susan's lifetime), the organization is projected to receive more than $300,000 to continue our charitable work, based on 7 percent growth of the trust's assets.

Question MarkAre you worried about future inflation?
A charitable remainder unitrust can provide you with payments that can potentially increase over time if the trust assets increase in value.

Learn How You Can Help
To discuss the good your trust could accomplish at The Foundation at Monroe County Community College, please contact Joshua Myers at 734-384-4214 or

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.


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