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Trinity College - Hartford Connecticut

Planned Giving

Receive immediate cash and make a gift to Trinity College by selling to us a valuable asset, such as real estate, for less than it is worth.

bargain sale may be right for you if:

  • You want additional cash now.
  • You want to save income taxes.
  • You want to save capital gains tax on the sale of your property.
  • You own a valuable asset that you are willing to sell for less than it is worth.
  • You want to make a gift to Trinity.

How It Works

You sell real estate or other property to Trinity College for less than it is worth.
You receive immediate cash equal to your sale price. Your property becomes ours to use or sell.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Trinity College help to continue its mission of preparing students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. It will provide Trinity College with the resources to…

expand access to students of promise.
sustain the excellence of our faculty.
revitalize our physical environment.

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A bargain sale is a simple agreement in which you sell property, such as real estate or some other valuable asset, to Trinity for less than the property is worth.

Eligible property
It is possible to sell any sort of property to Trinity for a bargain price. In addition to real estate, you can complete a bargain sale arrangement with collectibles such as artwork or antiques, other personal property, or securities. Please contact us about the property you are considering so that we can discuss whether we would be interested in acquiring the property for a bargain price.

Tax benefits
You will receive an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift. The amount of your deduction will equal the difference between the fair market value of the property you donate and your sale price. (Note that if your bargain sale asset is tangible personal property, such as artwork or antiques, that Trinity does not put to a use related to our exempt purpose, your deduction will be based on your cost basis rather than the fair market value of the property.)

You will also avoid capital gains tax on a portion of your capital gain in the gift property. For example, if you sell your property to us for one third of its fair market value, you will pay capital gains tax on just one third of your capital gain in the property. If the asset you sell to us is subject to debt, this debt will be added to your sales proceeds to determine your capital gains tax. 

By removing your property from your estate, you may also reduce estate taxes and probate costs when your estate is settled.

Special considerations
If you are interested in selling us real estate or tangible personal property at a bargain price, you will need to establish the value of your property by obtaining a qualified independent appraisal.

To be valid for claiming your income tax charitable deduction, your appraisal must be conducted no more than 60 days before the bargain sale is completed and no later than the due date, including extensions, of the tax return for the year in which you make your gift.

If you are considering a gift of real estate, our organization requires the following additional steps before we accept your gift:

  • We will need to examine your property and conduct our own analysis of its value. For example, we will want to know if there are any debts, taxes, or liens owed on your property.
  • Once we accept your gift of real estate, we could become responsible for cleaning up any environmental problems your property may have. This sort of cleanup could be very expensive. Therefore, before we accept any gift of real estate, we routinely conduct a review to make sure the property has no environmental issues.

Example

George Thanos, a devoted supporter of Trinity College, owns vacant land in an area under rapid development that he purchased years ago for $15,000. The land was recently appraised at $250,000. George would like to make a major contribution, but he is planning improvements to his home, and he needs about $50,000 to finance his project.

George is thrilled to learn that a bargain sale arrangement will allow him to make the contribution he envisions and get the cash he needs to complete his home improvement project. He’s also pleased with his $200,000 income tax charitable deduction, which will create tax savings in the year of his gift that more than offset the capital gains tax he’ll need to pay.

Facts  
Value of land $250,000
Cost of land $15,000
Capital gain $235,000
Sale price $50,000 

 

Benefits  
Income tax deduction $200,000
Capital gain to report $47,000
Capital gain avoided $188,000
   
Income tax saved at 39.6% rate  $79,200
Capital gain tax at 20% rate - $9,400
Net tax savings   $69,800
   
Cash to George + $50,000
Total benefit to George  $119,800

 

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