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If you want to make an impact now at Iowa State University and also provide for your family later, consider setting up a charitable lead trust. You transfer cash or other assets to a trust that makes payments to Iowa State University for a period of time. When the term is up, the remaining trust passes to your family or other beneficiaries you select.
There are two ways that charitable lead trusts make payments to Iowa State:
A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Iowa State and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to Iowa State 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 Iowa State go up as well.
George would like to support Iowa State and receive tax benefits. George received a windfall amount of income and needs a large income tax deduction to offset the income. Following his advisor’s recommendation, George funds a grantor charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $1,000,000. George’s trust pays $60,000 (6% of the initial fair market value) to Iowa State each year for 15 years, which will total $900,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $614,450. Assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $1,579,621 at the end of the trust term.
*Based on a 5.2% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.
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Legal name: The Iowa State University Foundation
Address: 2505 University Boulevard, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, IA 50010-2230
Federal tax ID number: 42-1143702
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