Charitable Lead Trust

Protect Your Assets

If you want to make an impact now at The University of Texas at Austin and also provide for your family later, consider setting up a charitable lead trust. You transfer cash or other assets to a trust that makes payments to The University of Texas at Austin for a period of time. When the term is up, the remaining trust passes to your family or other beneficiaries you select.

There are two ways that charitable lead trusts make payments to the University:

A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to the University and is more attractive when interest rates are low.

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to the University based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a unitrust, if the trust's assets go up in value, for example, the payments to the University go up as well.

An Example of How It Works

Father smiling with children George would like to support the University and receive tax benefits. George received a windfall amount of income and needs a large income tax deduction to offset the income. Following his advisor’s recommendation, George funds a grantor charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $1,000,000. George’s trust pays $60,000 (6% of the initial fair market value) to the University each year for 15 years, which will total $900,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $686,160. Assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $1,619,706 at the end of the trust term.

*Based on a 3.6% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact the Gift and Estate Planning Team at 512-475-9632 or giftplan@austin.utexas.edu to talk about supporting the University by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Board of Regents of The University of Texas System for the benefit of The University of Texas at Austin
Address: P.O. Box 7458
Austin, TX 78713
Federal tax ID number: 30-0710145