- Contact the plan custodian or account holder about a TOD (Transfer on Death) or beneficiary designation form.
- Designate the Foundation to receive all or a portion of the assets held in the retirement plan.
Retirement Accounts: A Wise Charitable Gift
Planning for retirement is critical to your financial well being. If you are reading this section, chances are you planned well but you also know that life is unpredictable. The good news is that you can make a significant gift to the Foundation with retirement plan assets without adverse effects to your lifetime finances. In fact, leaving retirement plan assets to us can be one of the best financial decisions you can make. Here's why.
Traditional retirement plans such as Individual Retirement Accounts, 401 (k) and 403 (b) plans are funded with pre-tax dollars. The contributions and earnings that you make to this account are not subject to income tax. When you reach the age of 59½, you can take money out of your retirement account without penalty, but you do have to pay ordinary income tax on the distributions. If funds remain in the account after you pass away, be aware that your heirs may have to pay inheritance and estate taxes in addition to income taxes. Depending on the size of your estate, these combined taxes can be as much as 60% of the remaining account balance. Don't make this mistake! Leave your retirement plan assets to the Foundation. Whatever portion of the assets is left to charity will be exempt from income, inheritance and estate taxes.
When planning to support the Foundation and leave assets to loved ones, make certain that you leave your pre-tax assets to qualified charities and your other assets to your loved ones. This strategy assures that your heirs pay less tax on the assets that they receive.
Contact your account custodian today and complete the beneficiary designation forms to maximize the tax savings, take care of your loved ones and leave a legacy at the Foundation.
Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended).
Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.
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