Is a Charitable Trust A Good Option for You

Philanthropy is a key to the success of our region. The financial generosity of donors combined with donations of time and talents directly enrich the lives of those in need. This indirectly enriches the lives of us all. If you would like to make a gift now that will benefit both you and the charitable organization of your choice, one of the options listed below might be right for you.

Would you like to make a substantial give to a favorite charity, but hesitate because you may need those assets to support you while you are living? If so, you may want to consider a charitable remainder trust. The trust will pay taxable income to you (and your beneficiaries, if desired) for life or a term of years. The balance of the trust is then transferred to charity. Highly appreciated assets are excellent for funding charitable trusts, as the trust does not pay capital gains tax if those assets are sold and the donor uses the appreciated fair market value to determine the amount of the charitable contribution. Establishing a charitable remainder trust creates a current federal charitable contribution itemized deduction. North Dakota residents may also qualify for the ND Tax Credit for Planned Gifts. There are a number of payout options for charitable trusts:

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2018 Year-End Individual Tax Planning Guide

The end of the year is coming soon, which means it’s time to make any changes that might affect your 2018 taxes. The material below has been prepared for informational purposes only. All decisions regarding tax implications should be made in consultation with your independent tax advisor.

Maximize/Bunch Itemized Deductions

The standard deduction has increased to $12,000 for individuals/$24,000 for joint filers. Therefore, it may be advantageous to incur several years of charitable contributions, so that combined with other permitted itemized deductions, taxpayers may exceed the standard deduction.

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