Charitable gift annuities are a very flexible way to make a gift to a charitable organization. They can be designed to provide a fixed income for life for you and/or others you choose. They are easy to create and can be funded with gifts of relatively modest amounts.
- Example for One Person
Maureen Davis, 70, decides to give $10,000 for a gift annuity agreement on August 6, 2020. The payment rate based on age is 5.1%, or $510 for life. Because of the charitable gift portion of the annuity, there will be a tax deduction of $3,112 allowed for the year of the gift.
In addition, $433 of each annual payment will be received free of tax for the first 15.9 years that payments are received.
The amount of the gift annuity is also removed from a donor’s probate and taxable estates, in many cases resulting in additional savings.
To summarize, Maureen Davis has:
- Transferred $10,000 in exchange for an income for life.
- Arranged for payments that will total 5.1% of the gift amount annually, which is $510 per year.
- Eliminated tax on $433 (about 85% of the payments) for the first 15.9 years they are received.
- Made a gift that results in an immediate charitable income tax deduction of $3,112.
- Ensured the amount used to fund the gift annuity will not be subject to estate tax or probate expenses.