Much of retirement planning involves making an inventory of assets, placing them in areas of greatest return for investment, and reaping the rewards later on in life. If you have a family, you’ve probably thought of what their lives will look like after you pass on. Maybe you’ve drafted a will, or undergone estate planning to make sure everything is accounted for and will be properly distributed without the need for legal recourse.
These are both great strategies that put you ahead of most people when it comes to planning for the future. However, most retirees don’t realize that they can actually see real retirement rewards by giving now – instead of after death.
What Gifting Strategies are Available?There are a number of different gifting strategies available for planned giving. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Charitable Lead Trust
Instead of making an outright gift, you could choose to use a charitable lead trust. With a charitable lead trust, your gift is placed in a trust. The recipient of the gift draws the income from this trust. Upon your death, your heirs will receive the principal with little or no estate tax.
Unitrust or Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
If you prefer to retain an income interest in your gift, you could use a pooled income fund, a charitable remainder unitrust, or a charitable remainder annuity trust. With each of these strategies, you receive the income generated by your gift, and the recipient receives the principal upon your death.
Life Insurance – A Simple Solution
Finally, you could purchase a life insurance policy and name the charitable organization as the owner and beneficiary of the policy. This would enable you to make a large future gift at a potentially low current cost.
The cost and availability of life insurance depend on factors such as age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. Before implementing a strategy involving life insurance, it would be prudent to make sure that you are insurable.
As with most financial decisions, there are expenses associated with the purchase of life insurance. Policies commonly have contract limitations, fees, and charges, which can include mortality and expense charges. Most have surrender charges that are assessed during the early years of the contract if the contract owner surrenders the policy; plus, there could be income tax implications. Any guarantees are contingent on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company. Life insurance is not guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency; they are not deposits of, nor are they guaranteed or endorsed by, any bank or savings association.
If you have questions about how planed giving could help your retirement fund now and in the future, call us at Reliance retirement Services today.
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