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 December 10, 2018. The payment rate based on age is 5.6%, or $560 for life. Because of the charitable gift portion of the annuity, there will be a tax deduction of $4,108 allowed for the year of the gift.
In addition, $371 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 5.6% of the gift amount annually, which is $560 per year.
- Eliminated tax on $371 (about 66% 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 $4,108.
- Ensured the amount used to fund the gift annuity will not be subject to estate tax or probate expenses.
NOTE: This calculation is provided for educational purposes only. The type of assets transferred, the actual date of the gift, and other factors may have a material effect on the amount or use of your deduction. You are advised to seek the advice of your tax advisors before implementing a gift of this type.