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Charitable Remainder Unitrust

You may be concerned about the high cost of capital gains tax with the sale of an appreciated asset. Perhaps you recently sold property and are looking for a way to save on taxes this year and plan for retirement. A charitable remainder unitrust might offer the solutions you need!

Flowchart: Donor funds a unitrust with stock or cash. The donor receives unitrust payouts and the JMU Foundation receives the remainder at the end of the trust term.

Benefits of a charitable remainder unitrust

  • Receive income for life, for a term of up to 20 years or life plus a term of up to 20 years
  • Avoid capital gains on the sale of your appreciated assets
  • Receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the charitable portion of the trust
  • Create your legacy at Madison, help an area you are passionate about, and know you will make a difference for future generations

How a charitable remainder unitrust works

  1. Working with your financial advisor or attorney, you transfer cash or assets to fund a charitable remainder unitrust.
  2. In the case of a trust funded with appreciated assets, the trust will then sell the assets tax-free.
  3. The trust is invested to pay income to you or any other trust beneficiaries you select based on a life, lives, a term of up to 20 years or a life plus a term of up to 20 years.
  4. You receive an income tax deduction in the year you transfer assets to the trust.
  5. JMU benefits from what remains in the trust after all the trust payments have been made.

Contact us

If you have any questions about a charitable remainder unitrust, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

Additional Information

Charitable remainder unitrust for income. A charitable remainder unitrust pays you income that reflects the value of the trust's assets. Your income has the potential to increase over time as the trust grows in value.

How to select the right unitrust payout. There are several unitrust payout options to meet your needs. The best payout option may depend on the nature of the asset used to fund the trust. You will work with your tax advisor to determine which payout option is best for you and we are happy to answer any questions.

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