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If you want to make an impact now at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum 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 the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum 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 the O'Keeffe Museum:
A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to the O'Keeffe Museum and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to the O'Keeffe Museum 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 the O'Keeffe Museum go up as well.
George would like to support the O'Keeffe Museum 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 the O'Keeffe Museum 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 $686,160. Assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $1,619,706 at the end of the trust term.
*Based on a 3.6% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.
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Legal name: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Address: 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501-1826
Federal tax ID number: 85-0437114
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