Gift Planning Tips
Charity as an Income Beneficiary of a Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder annuity trust must pay a fixed annual amount, equal to at least 5% of the value of assets contributed to the trust [Code §664(d)(1)(A)] . . . more
Time for a Roth?
Roth IRAs hold tax and financial appeal for many people saving for retirement . . . more
Tax-Wise Gifts by Trust Beneficiaries
Trust beneficiaries have opportunities to make significant gifts to charities at very low after-tax costs, unless spendthrift clauses stand in the way . . . more
Charitable Planning for Tax Sheltered Estates
With estates up to $11.18 million sheltered from tax in 2018, will any charitable strategies be needed by the vast majority of donors? . . . more
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IRS EXTENDS ANNUITY TRUSTS A LIFELINE
Inclusion of sample language avoids 5% probability test.
COURT DENIES DISTRIBUTIONS OF PRINCIPAL
Trust terms don’t provide for invasion of corpus due to financial need.
CHARITY GIVEN GREATER INVESTMENT OPTIONS
Restrictions resulted in minimal return, hampering decedent’s intent.
FAMILY’S ACTIONS, NOT BUSINESS CLIMATE, CAUSE DROP IN VALUE
Stock exchanged for promissory notes at discounted amount.
COURT REJECTS ATTEMPT TO “SWAP” BEQUESTS
Spouse stuck with IRA and income in respect of a decedent.
NO RELIANCE, NO PLEDGE
Charity’s claim against estate denied.
TAX ON IRD OFFSET BY DEDUCTION
Trust will receive cash from testator’s IRAs.
ORGANIZATION CHANGES USE OF CONTRIBUTED FUNDS
Donors want funds returned if not used as promised.
CHARITY CAN SUE ATTORNEY FOR ERROR IN WILL
Organization was intended beneficiary of instrument.
April 2018 Archive
• Gift, Estate and Generation-skipping Numbers Drop Slightly
• Basis or Fair Market Value? It Depends
• Don't Forget "Orphan" Retirement Accounts
• Appreciated Stock vs. Annuities
March 2018 Archive
• Second-hand Philanthropy
• Time to Revisit Formula Bequests
• Make Sure Gifts and Bequests Can Be Used
• Exceptions to the Partial Interest Rule
February 2018 Archive
• Appraisal Rules Obsolete?
• Charitable Bequests: Taxes Aren’t the Only Reason
• Forget the Marital Deduction
• Want to Keep All the Income? There’s a Way
January 2018 Archive
• Exceeding the $12,000/$24,000 Standard Deduction
• Businesses of All Types Are Winners
• Changes Affecting Charities and Charitable Giving
• Charity in Lieu of Alimony?
December 2017 Archive
• April 15: It's Not the Only Tax Deadline to Remember
• If Itemized Deductions Are Cut Back
• Using Closely Held Stock in Charitable Lead Trusts
• Encouraging Younger Family Members to Save
November 2017 Archive
• Change–Your-Mind Options for Charitable Remainder Trusts
• When Does a Term–of–Years Trust Make Sense?
• Accelerating the Remainderman’s Benefit
• Year–End Charitable Gift Planning
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