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A gift of retirement plan assets can be a surprisingly easy way to reduce potentially very high taxes and provide support to Trinity College.

A gift of retirement plan assets could be right for you if:

  • You have an IRA or qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b).
  • You do not expect to use all of your retirement plan assets during your lifetime.
  • You have other assets, such as securities and real estate that you want to pass to heirs.
  • You may want to provide payments to loved ones after you are gone.
  • You would like to make a bequest gift to Trinity.

Option 1: Make a tax-free gift today with an IRA charitable rollover

You can make an immediate tax-free gift by transferring up to $100,000 directly from your traditional IRA or Roth IRA to Trinity (other qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s are not eligible). You must be at least 70 ½ years old to take advantage of this opportunity.

The benefits of an IRA charitable rollover gift include:

  1. Satisfying the required minimum distribution.
  2. Avoiding income tax on IRA withdrawals.
  3. Supporting the important work of Trinity with a tax-free gift.

Details for Giving through the IRA Rollover

By CHECK

Instruct your IRA administrator to mail a check, payable to Trustees of Trinity College, directly to Director of Gift Planning, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT  06106-3100. The College’s Tax-Exempt ID number is  06-0646927.

Please make sure that your administrator includes the following information in the memo line of the check, or in an accompanying letter:  your name; the designation of your gift (e.g. Alumni Fund); and a notation that this constitutes a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. Click here to receive a sample letter to send your IRA administrator.

By CASH WIRE

Prior to making a gift by cash wire transfer, to ensure proper credit and handling, please notify the Advancement Office by calling (860) 297-2134.

Account information to wire cash:

CITIZENS BANK
Trinity Account #: 2233941467
ABA#: 011500120
Account Name: Trustees of Trinity College Contact: Wire Department – 877-471-1961 (8:30 – 5:30 EST)

Option 2: Designate remaining retirement plan assets for Trinity College

Another attractive option is to designate Trinity as the recipient of some or all of what’s left in your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified plan when it ends.   

In addition to the satisfaction of making a significant gift to Trinity, your benefits include:

  1. Making a gift completely free of federal and state taxes that can total 39.6% or more.
  2. Preservation of non-retirement plan assets for family.

Option 3: Designate remaining retirement plan assets for a life income plan

Alternatively, you can designate that some or all of the assets remaining when your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified plan ends be used to fund a gift arrangement that will make payments to family members or other loved ones for the rest of their lives. When the gift arrangement ends, what is left will go to Trinity College.

In addition to having the satisfaction of making a significant gift to Trinity, your benefits include:

  1. Saving federal and state taxes.
  2. Preserving non-retirement plan assets for family.
  3. Providing payments to family or other loved ones for life.

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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What are IRAs and qualified retirement plans?
Retirement plan assets are a major source of wealth for many households. For example, you may have hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified retirement plan. These plans do not pay tax on the income and capital gain realized by their investments. This allows their assets to grow faster than if you held and invested these assets outside of your retirement plan.

The primary purpose of your retirement plan is to provide you with income during your retirement, but it can also be an excellent source of funds for making charitable gifts during your life and when your plan ends.

Withdrawals are taxed as income
With the exception of the Roth IRA, the money used to fund a qualified retirement plan, such as a traditional IRA, 401(k), or 403(b), has never been taxed. Also, earnings that occur within a qualified retirement plan are not taxed. As a consequence, withdrawals from any of these plans (except for the Roth IRA) are taxed as ordinary income. Your federal income tax alone on a withdrawal from one of these plans could be as high as 39.6%.

Withdrawals are required once you reach 70 ½ years old

You must start taking withdrawals from your qualified retirement plan once you reach 70 ½ years old. The amount you must withdraw each year is a percentage of the value of your retirement plan as of the last day of the previous year. The percentage starts below 4% for someone who is taking their first “required minimum distribution” and increases with age according to a schedule published by the IRS.

Taxes on remaining retirement assets can be very high
Your family members and other heirs will have to pay income tax on any distributions they receive from your retirement plan after you are gone. In addition, your qualified retirement plan is included in your estate, so if your estate is large enough to owe estate tax, your plan may increase the estate taxes you owe.

Federal income tax alone can be 39.6%. When you add federal income tax and estate tax together, they can total 64% or more. In states that assess their own taxes on estates, the total taxes on retirement plan assets paid to heirs can be over 64%.

Give retirement plan assets to Trinity College and save taxes
In contrast to your retirement plan assets, your estate will not owe income tax on most of its other assets in addition to estate taxes that may be due. As a result, your estate and heirs will pay lower taxes if you pass your less heavily taxed assets to your heirs, and give your retirement plan assets to charity. Paying lower taxes will mean that more assets will reach your heirs. How much more will depend on the size of your estate, where you live, and the type of gift you make.

 

How do I make a gift of retirement plan assets to Trinity? 
You have several good options to make a gift of your retirement plan assets to us.

Option 1: Make a tax-free gift today with an IRA charitable rollover

You can make a tax-free gift by directing the administrator of your traditional IRA or Roth IRA to transfer funds directly from your plan to Trinity. You can instruct your IRA administrator to transfer the funds directly to Trinity or to send you a check that is made out to The Trustees of Trinity College.

When you make an IRA charitable rollover gift, you won’t need to include the transferred funds in your income for that year and therefore will not pay any tax on them. If you were to withdraw the funds yourself and then make a gift to us, you would have to include the withdrawal in your income. Even if you take an offsetting income tax charitable deduction, the result could be more income tax for you to pay overall. You cannot make a IRA charitable rollover gift from other qualified retirement plans, such as SIMPLE or SEP IRAs, 401(k)s, or 403(b)s.

Another great feature of an IRA charitable rollover gift is that it counts toward the amount you are required to withdraw from your IRA for the year (your “required minimum distribution”), If you don’t need these funds for your own use, you can use them to make gifts to Trinity and your other favorite charities and avoid paying income tax on these withdrawals.

The benefits of making an IRA charitable rollover gift include:

  • Your withdrawal is not included in your income so it doesn’t affect your taxes.
  • Your withdrawal counts toward your required minimum distribution for the year.
  • You have the satisfaction of providing immediate support to Trinity.

There are several requirements you must meet in order to make an IRA charitable rollover gift to Trinity:

  • Your distribution must be from your IRA or Roth IRA.
  • You must instruct your IRA administrator to make a distribution directly to Trinity.
  • You must be at least 70 ½ years old.
  • The total of all your qualified charitable distributions for the year must be no more than $100,000.
  • Your distribution cannot be made to a donor advised fund, private foundation, or supporting organization.
  • You cannot receive any benefit in exchange for your gift.

Option 2: Designate remaining retirement plan assets for Trinity College
The simplest and most common way to give retirement plan assets is to make our organization a designated beneficiary of your retirement plan. All you need to do is file a new beneficiary designation form with the administrator of your retirement plan that designates our organization as a beneficiary of your plan. Your designation should name the percentage of the assets that remain in your plan when it ends that you want us to receive.

The retirement plan assets that you designate for us will avoid all income tax and estate tax. In order for your estate to enjoy both of these tax benefits, it is very important that you make our organization the designated beneficiary of these retirement plan assets, not your estate.

Please identify us on the form with our legal name: The Trustees of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford CT 06106 and include our Federal Tax Identification Number: 06-0646927

Option 3: Designate remaining retirement plan assets for a life income plan

Another option for passing retirement plan assets to us is through a life income plan. Passing assets to us through a life income plan allows you to provide income to your loved ones after you are gone and then provide support to us. Here's how a life income plan works:

  1. Your retirement plan transfers the designated portion of its final balance to the life income plan that you have indicated on your beneficiary designation form. 
  2. The heirs you have chosen receive payments from the plan each year, typically for life. 
  3. When the life income plan ends, its remaining principal goes to support Trinity College.

Using retirement plan assets to fund a life income plan postpones income tax and reduces estate tax on these assets. A typical result is to reduce total taxes on your retirement assets by more than half compared to distributing them to your heirs through your estate.

Life income plan options 
There are several life income plan options to choose from. The one that is right for you will depend on a variety of factors. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about funding a life income plan with assets from your retirement plan.

Example

Jake Henderson, 75, is a retired business executive who has accumulated $500,000 in the retirement plan that he set up through his company years ago. He takes minimum distributions from his plan in order to preserve as much tax-free growth inside the plan as he can. At this rate, he expects that his account may still be worth 500,000 when he dies.

Jake has reached the time in his life when he has begun thinking about the legacies he wants to leave behind after he is gone. He decides to leave a bequest to Trinity College to create an endowed fund that will perpetuate generous support in his name. To accomplish his goals, he designates 40% of the final balance in his retirement account for Trinity College.

Benefits

  • There will be no income tax or estate tax on the $200,000 of Jake's retirement plan assets that are transferred to Trinity. If Jake were to pass the same amount to his family and make his charitable gift with stock instead, his family would owe income tax of $79,200 (39.6% bracket) on the IRA assets, leaving only about $120,800 for their own use.  There would be even greater tax savings if Jake's estate were large enough to pay estate tax. 
  • Jake has the immediate satisfaction of knowing that he has put a gift plan in place that will keep his name alive and support Trinity College long after he is gone.

 

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