Gift Planning Tips

The Direction Is Up
Starting July 1, recommended charitable gift annuity rates will be increasing after stalling in place since 2012 . . . more

The Year for Switching
With lower income tax rates in effect, 2018 might be the year for clients to consider converting some or all of their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs . . . more

Eliminating the Guesswork
State courts are occasionally called upon to determine a donorís charitable intent years after death . . . more

Putting “Things” into Charitable Remainder Trusts
Cash and appreciated securities generally come to mind when a client is funding an inter vivos charitable remainder trust . . . more


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IRS EXTENDS ANNUITY TRUSTS A LIFELINE
Inclusion of sample language avoids 5% probability test.

COURT DENIES DISTRIBUTIONS OF PRINCIPAL
Trust terms don’t provide for invasion of corpus due to financial need.

CHARITY GIVEN GREATER INVESTMENT OPTIONS
Restrictions resulted in minimal return, hampering decedent’s intent.

FAMILY’S ACTIONS, NOT BUSINESS CLIMATE, CAUSE DROP IN VALUE
Stock exchanged for promissory notes at discounted amount.

COURT REJECTS ATTEMPT TO “SWAP” BEQUESTS
Spouse stuck with IRA and income in respect of a decedent.

NO RELIANCE, NO PLEDGE
Charity’s claim against estate denied.

TAX ON IRD OFFSET BY DEDUCTION
Trust will receive cash from testator’s IRAs.

ORGANIZATION CHANGES USE OF CONTRIBUTED FUNDS
Donors want funds returned if not used as promised.

CHARITY CAN SUE ATTORNEY FOR ERROR IN WILL
Organization was intended beneficiary of instrument.


May 2018 Archive
• Charity as an Income Beneficiary of a Remainder Trust
• Time for a Roth?
• Tax-Wise Gifts by Trust Beneficiaries
• Charitable Planning for Tax Sheltered Estates

April 2018 Archive
• Gift, Estate and Generation-skipping Numbers Drop Slightly
• Basis or Fair Market Value? It Depends
• Don't Forget "Orphan" Retirement Accounts
• Appreciated Stock vs. Annuities

March 2018 Archive
• Second-hand Philanthropy
• Time to Revisit Formula Bequests
• Make Sure Gifts and Bequests Can Be Used
• Exceptions to the Partial Interest Rule

February 2018 Archive
• Appraisal Rules Obsolete?
• Charitable Bequests: Taxes Aren’t the Only Reason
• Forget the Marital Deduction
• Want to Keep All the Income? There’s a Way

January 2018 Archive
• Exceeding the $12,000/$24,000 Standard Deduction
• Businesses of All Types Are Winners
• Changes Affecting Charities and Charitable Giving
• Charity in Lieu of Alimony?

December 2017 Archive
• April 15: It's Not the Only Tax Deadline to Remember
• If Itemized Deductions Are Cut Back
• Using Closely Held Stock in Charitable Lead Trusts
• Encouraging Younger Family Members to Save

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