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Charitable Lead Trusts

Provide for Your Loved Ones and Guide Dogs of the Desert

Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Guide Dogs of the Desert, yet you don’t want to give up any assets that you’d like your family to receive someday? You can have it both ways with a charitable lead trust.

There are two ways charitable lead trusts make payments:
charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Guide Dogs of the Desert and is more attractive when interest rates are low.

charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a unitrust, if the trust’s assets go up in value, for example, the payments to Guide Dogs of the Desert go up as well.

George would like to support Guide Dogs of the Desert and provide for his children. Following his advisor’s recommendation, George funds a charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $2,500,000.

George’s trust pays $175,000 (7 percent of the initial fair market value) to Guide Dogs of the Desert each year for 15 years, which will total $2,625,000. After that, the balance in the trust goes to his children. Assuming a 6 percent investment return, the children will receive approximately $1,918,101.

His gift tax deduction is $2,182,775* against the $2,500,000 of assets. Therefore, only the difference ($317,225) is subject to gift tax, which is offset against his lifetime gift tax exclusion. After that, the remaining trust assets and all of their growth will pass to his family at zero additional cost in gift and estate taxes. Had George given the $2,500,000 outright to his children, it would have been a taxable gift.

*Assuming annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate.

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You can use the following assets to fund a charitable lead trust:

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  1. Contact Sarah G. Clapp at 760-329-6257  or sclapp@gddca.org to talk about supporting Guide Dogs of the Desert by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Guide Dogs of the Desert in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Guide Dogs of the Desert
Address: 60735 Dillon Road, Whitewater, CA 92282
Federal Tax ID Number: 23-7296531

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

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