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Charitable Gift Annuities

Note: On November 22, 2019, the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) announced new suggested maximum gift annuity rates to replace the gift annuity rates currently in effect. The new rates will apply to gift annuities established on or after January 1, 2020. The new suggested maximum rates are moderately lower than the ones they replace. If you are considering whether a gift annuity may be right for you, contact our office to discuss your options. 

A charitable gift annuity provides fixed payments to you for life in exchange for your gift of cash or securities to Bates College. Gift annuities are easy to set up and the payments you receive are backed by the general resources of Bates College for as long as you live.  

charitable gift annuity could be right for you if:

  • You want to maintain or increase your cash flow, now even more attractive with the new – and higher - annuity rates.
  • You want the security of fixed, dependable payments for life.
  • You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  • You would like income that is partially tax-free.
  • You want to make a generous gift to Bates.
  • You are considering a gift amount of $10,000 or more.
  • You are at least 60 years of age.
 

 

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Bates College help to educate the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. It will provide Bates College with the resources to…

 

How Your Gift Helps
engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action;
How Your Gift Helps
prepare leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world;
How Your Gift Helps
stand firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom.

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A simple contract
A charitable gift annuity is a simple arrangement between you and Bates College that requires a one or two page agreement. You will incur minimal or no costs to establish the arrangement and no costs at all to maintain it.  

Irrevocable gift 
A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you transfer assets in exchange for the gift annuity, you cannot change your mind and get the assets back. This requirement assures that whatever is left of your gift when the gift annuity ends will go to support Bates.

Fixed payments for life
In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, Bates will pay you a fixed amount each year for life. The amount of the payment depends on the amount donated and the age of the payment recipient.  

  1. Payments last for your lifetime. You cannot outlive your payments.
  2. Payments are predictable. Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions. You will get the same amount each year. 
  3. Payments are very secure. They are backed by the general resources of Bates College, not just by the assets you donate.

Tax-advantaged payments
Part of each payment typically will be tax-free for many years. This tax-free portion makes the payments more valuable than an equal amount of fully taxable income. The amount of this tax-free portion will be greater if you give cash than if you give stock or other appreciated property.

Who can receive payments?
You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity. Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse. Alternatively, you can select one or two other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity. For example, you may wish to provide income for parents, a sibling, or a faithful employee.  

Payout rate depends on age
The older you are when you make your gift, the greater the payment rate you will receive. If you choose other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity, their ages at the time of your gift will determine their payment rate. Our minimum age for a payment recipient is 60.

Sample Annuity Rates for Gift Amount of $10,000

Age Payment Rate Annuity Deduction

60

4.7%

$470

$2,077

66

5.2%

$520

$2,766

73

5.9%

$590

$3,788

85

8.3%

$830

$5,299

Tax benefits
You will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift, providing tax savings if you itemize. The amount of this deduction will depend on several factors. If you cannot use the entire deduction that year, you may carry forward your unused deduction for up to five additional years.  

If you give stock or other appreciated property to create a gift annuity, you will pay tax on only a portion of your capital gain in the property. Even better, if you are the payment recipient of your gift annuity, you will be able to report this capital gain in installments over many years. In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs. The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.

Assets to consider
Cash currently held in a savings account, bank CD, or money-market fund makes an excellent funding asset. Usually, a gift annuity will provide you with larger payments than any of these investments.

Securities, especially highly-appreciated securities that you have owned for one year or more, are also an excellent funding asset. Giving them to us in exchange for a gift annuity will allow you to unlock their value to increase your cash flow and avoid substantial capital gains tax at the same time.

Example

Shirley Snider is a 71 year-old widow. She would like to make a significant gift to Bates College, but she is dependent on the income produced by her investments. One of these investments is stock in XYZ Widget Corporation that she and her late husband purchased many years ago for $3,000.

Her stock is now worth $10,000 but provides little income - about $126 after tax. Shirley is reluctant to sell her XYZ Widget stock to reinvest in higher yielding assets because she will have to pay $1,400 in capital gains tax. This would leave her with just $8,600 to reinvest.

Shirley is pleased to learn that she can make a significant gift to Bates College and increase her cash flow by giving her XYZ Widget stock to Bates in exchange for a gift annuity. She can also save substantial income taxes plus avoid and defer capital gains taxes, and will receive an income tax deduction that may provide additional tax savings at the same time.

  Tax result Cash flow before tax Cash flow
after tax
(37​% tax rate)

Shirley keeps her stock

None

$200

$126

Shirley sells and reinvests for 4.0% yield

Owes $1,400 capital gains tax

$344

$217

Shirley funds a 5.7% gift annuity

$3,458* income tax deduction
Avoid tax on $2,420* of capital gain

$570

$458

*Deduction amount and capital gains tax avoided may vary depending on the timing of the gift.