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Sale of Farm Equipment

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A CRT defers taxes upon the sale of farm equipment and provides cash flow to donors.

Power of the Pyramid: How to Effectively Integrate Planned, Major, and Annual Giving

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This article provides a thorough review of the key steps to effectively integrate planned, major, and annual giving. Specific strategies for comprehensive campaign planning and gift counting are shared. Integrated staff training and donor prospecting techniques are explained in detail. In addition, the steps to prepare and present coordinated annual fund appeals, blended proposals, charitable pledge agreements, and endowment documents are reviewed. Ideas and examples for integrating donor stewardship and recognition activities are explained. Finally, steps for involving senior staff and the board of directors are essential for success.

Don't Try This at Home: Reforming the Non-Qualified Split-Interest Trust

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Recent court decisions and letter rulings suggest that nearly forty years after TRA 69, it is still not uncommon to see a CRT that does not conform to the requirements of Section 664, and for which a deduction will be disallowed. This article enables the planner to identify the problem and take corrective action through judicial reformation of the trust instrument, disclaimers, or settlement of a controversy among beneficiaries, or through some combination of these. Attention is given to several creative approaches to the problem that have received favorable letter rulings.

Investment in Foreign Currency

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Once the revaluation occurs, Harry should consider contributing the dinars to a CRT, of which Harry and Wanda are income beneficiaries, before he sells the dinars. Gain on the sale of dinars by the CRT is not recognized for tax purposes because the CRT is a tax-exempt entity. Thus, Harry could defer the tax consequences of the sale, and pay income taxes only when he and Wanda receive payments from the CRT. Further, certain types of CRTs may provide greater opportunity to regulate the timing and flow of income to our donors and to grow assets tax-free.