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If you want to make an impact now at Cedars-Sinai 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 Cedars-Sinai 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 Cedars-Sinai:
A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Cedars-Sinai and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to Cedars-Sinai 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 Cedars-Sinai go up as well.
George would like to support Cedars-Sinai 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 Cedars-Sinai 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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Legal name: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Address: 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Federal tax ID number: 95-1644600
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