Office of Development : Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

A charitable remainder annuity trust will provide a fixed payment to you and/or your loved ones for life or for a specific number of years. The size of the payment is determined at the time the gift is made. Donors seeking a higher payout will receive a lower current tax deduction and vice versa (within certain limits). Hampton establishes annuity trusts in amounts of $100,000 and greater.

Some sample rates as of February 1, 2009

Two Beneficiaries

One Beneficiary

Your Ages

Payout Rate

Deduction on $100,000 gift

Your Age

Payout Rate

Deduction on $100,000 gift

67/65

5.0%

$24,697

65

5.0%

$37,038

70/68

5.1%

$29,294

70

5.5%

$41,419

75/70

5.3%

$33,758

75

6.3%

$45,237

80/75

5.8%

$39,770

80

7.1%

$51,084

80/80

6.1%

$43,728

85

8.1%

$57,108

85/80

6.5%

$45,768

87

8.6%

$59,352

If you are interested in making a gift that yields a fixed income, Hampton's Office of the Vice President for Development can help you determine whether a charitable remainder annuity trust or a charitable gift annuity is a better fit for your particular situation. In general, a charitable remainder annuity trust may provide a more favorable tax treatment than a gift annuity if you are using highly appreciated assets.

When you establish an annuity trust, you get to decide how the remaining trust assets will ultimately be used at Hampton. You receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift, and this deduction can be used over as many as six consecutive tax years. If your gift is funded with appreciated assets, you can also reduce your capital gains liability.

Charitable remainder annuity trusts may be invested with Hampton's endowment assets; however, the payout amount remains fixed. An annuity trust is backed by all of the trust's assets.

Example:
Mr. White owns appreciated securities that originally cost him $30,000 and are now worth $100,000. He donates these securities to Hampton to fund a charitable remainder annuity trust, naming his wife, age 65, as the lifetime beneficiary. The trust agreement provides for annual payments to Mrs. White of 5.0% ($5,000/year) of the initial trust principal for life. Mr. White qualifies for an income tax deduction of over $37,000. Additionally, he avoids the tax on the $70,000 in appreciation that would have resulted had he sold the securities. At Mrs. White's death, the trust principal will pass to Hampton for the purpose designated by Mr. White (e.g. scholarships).

Note: In similar cases, a charitable gift annuity may provide a higher payment.