Benefits of Planned Giving
  • Reduce or eliminate capital gains tax.
  • Provide income for you and if you wish, another beneficiary for a lifetime.
  • Receive a substantial federal income tax deduction.
  • Eliminate or reduce federal estate taxes.
  • Enable you to turn low-yielding assets into higher income streams.
  • Provide a legacy for you and your family through a meaningful gift to Community School.

Gifts by Will or Living Trust
The most common form of deferred or planned gift to support Community School is a bequest contained in a person's will or revocable (living) trust.

Living Trusts
There are many creative ways to give to Community School both now and in the future.  Although many people think that both planned giving and retirement go hand in hand, you do not need to be retired to think about your future or the future of Community School.  There are many programs that will work for you and your family right now. 

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)
An arrangement in which your property or money is donated to Community School, but you continue to use the property and/or receive income during your lifetime and if you so choose, the lifetime of a beneficiary. Community School would receive the principal after a specific period of time.  By creating a CRT, you avoid capital gains tax on the donated assets and also get an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the remainder interest that the trust earned.  In addition, the asset is removed from your estate reducing the subsequent estate taxes. 

Types of CRT’s

1.    Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust is when you place assets into a trust (usually a minimum of $50,000) from which you would receive a life income at a fixed amount.  After your lifetime, and if desired, the lifetime of a surviving beneficiary, the trust remainder would go to Community School.
Example: Mr. Smith owns appreciated securities that originally cost him $30,000 and are now worth $100,000. He donates these securities to Community School to fund a charitable remainder annuity trust, naming his wife, age 65, as the lifetime beneficiary. The trust agreement provides for annual payments to Mrs. Smith of 5.3% ($5,300/year) of the initial trust principal for life. Mr. Smith qualifies for an income tax deduction of over $37,000. Additionally, he avoids the tax on the $70,000 in appreciation that would have resulted had he sold the securities. At the end of Mrs. Smith’s lifetime, the trust principal will pass to Community School for the purpose designated by Mr. Smith (e.g. scholarships or endowment). Note: In similar cases depending on the age of the donor, a charitable gift annuity may provide a higher payment.

2.    Charitable Remainder Unitrust
A Charitable Remainder Unitrust works very much like a Charitable Remainder Trust, except the income you receive varies year to year based on a fixed percentage of the value of the assets.
Example: Mr. Smith, age 68, transfers appreciated securities that cost him $100,000 and are now worth $500,000 to a unitrust with an annual payout rate of 6%. He is to receive payments for life. At the end of his lifetime, the unitrust assets will create a scholarship endowment at Community School. Mr. Smith's charitable deduction is about $236,800, and it can be used over six years. Under the provisions of the trust agreement, Mr. White's first annual payment will be $30,000, a significant portion of which may be taxed at the lower 15% capital gains tax rate. In year two, assuming an 8% total annual investment return, the trust will have a principal balance of $510,000, and the payment will be $30,600. Assuming the same 8% total return, the payment in year three will be about $31,200, and so on for life. Mr. Smith may also completely avoid the tax on the gain he would have incurred had he sold the property instead of donating it.

3. Reverse CRT or Charitable Lead Trust (CLT)
A Charitable Lead Trusts are often viewed as the opposite of a Charitable Remainder Trust. Like a CRT, Charitable Lead trusts offer a reduction of capital gains tax as well as current income tax deductions. The difference is that Community School would become the income beneficiary receiving a fixed income or percentage of the asset value during your lifetime and after your lifetime, named beneficiaries would receive the bulk of the Charitable Lead Trust’s assets.
Example: Mr. Smith puts $1,000,000 in a twenty-year charitable lead trust to benefit Community School.  The trust agreement stipulates that the School is to receive $70,000 annually according to the trust agreement.  At the end of the twenty-year term, Mr. Smith’s son, John, is to receive the trust principal. 

For tax purposes, only the remainder interest is subject to tax.  In this case, the IRS estimates that the value of the trust principle (according to Treasury tables) to be about $222,500.  In actuality, the trust principal grows to $2,597,000 (assuming a 3% annual net return), and this is what John receives.  The difference between the value of the remainder interest and the actual trust value is about $2,375,000, which passes to John, free of transfer tax and Mr. Smith is only obligated to pay tax on the value of the remainder interest ($222,500).

Tax Savings with donations through your IRA 
Under current law, you can distribute up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to Community School incurring no income tax liability. Like the gift of an IRA at the end of your lifetime, this avoids both the income and estate taxes on that portion of the IRA.

Community School recommends consulting with a tax professional or lawyer for advice if you are contemplating a sizable charitable gift.  For more information, please call the Development Office at 622-3960 x164.

Development Office

PO Box 2118
One Community School Drive
Sun Valley, ID 83353

Becca Hemingway
208-622-3960 ext 164