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Charitable Lead Trust

Convert high income taxes into a creative solution.

A charitable lead trust (CLT) is an exceptional option if you want to maximize ministry impact in two planning scenarios: either passing assets to heirs or creating options when income taxes are high. 

By transferring cash or property to a CLT either during your lifetime or through your estate, you may reduce or avoid gift or estate taxes and create a significant gift for ministry. It provides current income payments to a charitable beneficiary, followed by distribution to chosen personal beneficiaries at the end of the trust period.

Alternatively, a CLT can work well if you have a spike in income, or are in the last years of high income before retirement. When you know you want to make predictable annual gifts to ministry for a number of years, the CLT can efficiently replace taxes with annual gifts while at the same time providing for your future needs.

Benefits of a Charitable Lead Trust

Receive a gift or estate tax charitable deduction

Pass inheritance on to family with reduced or zero estate taxes, or achieve annual giving goals through income tax savings while also providing for your future needs

Establish a vehicle that supports ideals and programs of eternal worth that will outlast your lifetime.

How it works

Contribute your property to fund a trust that pays Cru income for a number of years.

Reduce income or estate taxes 

After a period of time, your family receives the trust assets plus any additional growth in value

If you have any questions about charitable lead trusts, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have and to provide you with an illustration demonstrating your specific tax benefits.

Types of Agreements

Two types of agreements are available for the avoidance of estate and gift taxes:

In addition, the agreement can be established:

a. Not necessarily. However, a charitable lead trust established for the avoidance of estate and gift taxes is only applicable for individuals whose estates are large enough to be subject to estate and gift taxes.

b. For those wanting to convert income taxes into annual gifts, an income of $250,000 or more will typically get the best results.

It is important to understand that the financial security of Cru is immaterial to the financial security of the trust. Property is held by an independent trustee to benefit Cru and the individuals you select, and the strength of the property held by the trust is what provides the financial security.

If your trust is a variable income agreement, the payment to charity will be determined by applying a fixed percentage to the value of the trust assets, as valued annually. If your trust is a fixed income agreement, the annual income payments to charity will be determined by applying a fixed percentage to the value of the trust assets when you fund the trust.

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