Applicable Federal Rates
The IRS provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes and calculation of charitable gifts. These rates, known as Applicable Federal Rates, or AFRs (also called §7520 rates), are published monthly by the IRS. Learn the benefits of electing a higher or lower rate for charitable gifts.
May 2013 1.2%
April 2013 1.4%
March 2013 1.4%
In valuing deferred gifts, donors may choose tables using the most favorable applicable federal rate (AFR, or §7520 rate) from that in effect for the month of the gift or from either of the two months preceding the month of the gift. Rates (120% of the midterm rate) are published on or about the 20th of each month by the IRS.
Elect highest rate available:
Charitable remainder annuity trust
Charitable remainder unitrust
Charitable gift annuity (for largest deduction)
Gift of remaining life estate in farm or personal residence
Gift of life income interest in any trust
Elect lowest rate available:
Charitable lead trusts
Charitable gift annuity (for large tax-free payout)
Remainder interest in farm or personal residence
Remainder interests, generally
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