An Example of How It Works

Man smilingGeorge would like to support Meals on Wheels and provide for his children. Following his advisor's recommendation, George funds a charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $2,500,000.

George's trust pays $175,000 (7 percent of the initial fair market value) to Meals on Wheels each year for 15 years, which will total $2,625,000. After that, the balance in the trust goes to his children. Assuming a 6 percent investment return, the children will receive approximately $1,918,101.

His gift tax deduction is $2,317,400* against the $2,500,000 of assets. Therefore, only the difference ($182,600) is subject to gift tax, which is offset against his lifetime gift tax exclusion. After that, the remaining trust assets and all of their growth will pass to his family at zero additional cost in gift and estate taxes. Had George given the $2,500,000 outright to his children, it would have been a taxable gift.

*Assuming annual payments and a 1.6 percent charitable midterm federal rate.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Christine Hockin-Boyd at 817.558.2840 or 972.351.9943 or christine@mowjec.org to talk about supporting Meals on Wheels by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Meals on Wheels in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties
Address: Cleburne, Texas
Federal Tax ID Number: 75-1555153