Charitable Remainder Trust

Solutions for Large Donations

If you have built a sizable estate and also are looking for ways to receive reliable payments, consider a charitable remainder trust. This type of trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create. At the end of the trust term, the balance in the trust goes to The University of Texas at Austin.

These types of gifts may offer you tax benefits and the option for income. There are two ways to receive payments and each has its own benefits:

The annuity trust pays you, each year, the same dollar amount you choose at the start. Your payments stay the same, regardless of fluctuations in trust investments.

The unitrust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. The amount of your payments is redetermined annually. If the value of the trust increases, so do your payments. If the value decreases, however, so will your payments.

An Example of How It Works

Woman hugging dogSusan, 75, wants to make a gift to the University but would also like more income in the future. Susan creates a charitable remainder unitrust with annual lifetime payments to her equal to 5% of the fair market value of the trust assets as revalued annually. She funds the trust with assets valued at $500,000.

Susan receives $25,000 the first year from the trust. Subsequent payment amounts vary each year depending on the annual valuations of the trust assets. She is eligible for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $301,905* in the year she creates and funds the trust. This deduction saves Susan $96,610 in her 32% tax bracket.

*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 remainder 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