The Advantages of a Charitable Remainder Trust

If you have built a sizable estate and also are looking for ways to receive reliable payments, consider a charitable remainder trust. At the end of the trust term, the balance in the trust goes to the University of Kentucky.

These types of gifts may offer you tax benefits and the option for income. There are two ways to receive payments and each has its own benefits:

The annuity trust pays you, each year, the same dollar amount you choose at the start. Your payments stay the same, regardless of fluctuations in trust investments.

The unitrust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. The amount of your payments is redetermined annually. If the value of the trust increases, so do your payments. If the value decreases, however, so will your payments.

Gifts That Pay

Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE Guide Plan for Retirement with a Deferred Gift Annuity.

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An Example of How It Works

Woman hugging dogSusan, 75, wants to make a gift to UK that benefits future students but would also like more income in the future. Susan creates a charitable remainder unitrust with annual lifetime payments to her equal to 5 percent of the fair market value of the trust assets as revalued annually. She funds the trust with assets valued at $500,000.

Susan receives $25,000 the first year from the trust. Subsequent payment amounts vary each year depending on the annual valuations of the trust assets. She is eligible for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $303,230* in the year she creates and funds the trust. This deduction saves Susan $97,034 in her 32 percent tax bracket.

*Based on annual payments and a 5 percent charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Gift and Estate Planning at (859) 257-7886 or giftandestate@uky.edu to talk about supporting UK by setting up a charitable remainder trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include UK in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Kentucky
Address: Sturgill Philanthropy Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015
Federal Tax ID Number: Please contact us for our federal tax ID number.