After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire. Patricia has enough saved for retirement, but she is concerned about the impact a drop in the stock market would have on her retirement savings.
Patricia: While I was working, I bought stock every year. Overall, this was a good investment strategy. The stock grew in value considerably. Now that I am retiring, I need a new strategy one that protects my savings so that my situation won't change even with changes in the markets.
Patricia spoke with a friend who recently set up a charitable gift annuity with her favorite charity. Patricia called her alma mater and learned that she would receive a good payout based on her age and that she would receive a charitable income tax deduction and part of the payment from the annuity would be tax free.
Patricia: I transferred my stock to fund a charitable gift annuity. I was delighted with the fixed payment I received. I avoided part of the capital gains tax, and my CPA was pleased that my charitable deduction will save taxes this year. With my tax savings and increased income, I can afford to travel to see my grandchildren several times this year!
Is a gift of an IRA to charity right for you?
Your retirement plan is probably among your most valuable assets. While the retirement asset is a great asset for you, it may not be the best asset to leave to children. If you have a taxable estate, your IRA or 401(k) plan will be subject to the estate tax, and any distributions to children will also be subject to income tax. That is why many tax planners suggest leaving retirement plans to charity. This gift will produce an estate tax deduction, and the charity will not have to pay the income tax on the gift.
If you are in the process of determining which assets are "good" assets to leave to charity and which assets might be "good" to leave to family, please contact us
. We can help you with estate planning strategies that will reduce your taxes and allow you to maximize the gifts you leave to family and charity.