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Deferred-Payment Gift Annuity

This type of gift might appeal to you if you want to support Columbia, are 40 to 60 years old, have a high income, need to benefit now from a current tax deduction, and are interested in augmenting potential retirement income.

The deferred-payment gift annuity involves the current transfer of cash or marketable securities in exchange for which Columbia agrees to pay the donor an annuity starting at a future date—usually at the donor's retirement. The gift can consist of a single transfer, a series of transfers, or periodic transfers to the plan in high-income years.

You realize an immediate charitable deduction for the gift portion of each transfer to establish a deferred gift annuity. A portion of each annuity payment, when the payments begin, will be a tax-free return of principal over the life expectancy of the annuitant. When appreciated long-term capital-gain securities are transferred, any reportable capital gain is spread out over the donor’s life expectancy.

Gift Range: $25,000 or more

Example: A married couple, Michael and Lisa, both 57, wish to supplement their retirement income with deferred-payment gift annuities. After consulting with their own financial advisors and a member of our staff, they decide to contribute $25,000 each year for the next ten years to our gift annuity program.

The tax and financial benefits of this arrangement to Michael and Lisa are as follows:

  • Under the deferred-gift arrangement, Michael and Lisa are entitled to a charitable deduction for each annual contribution. While the deductions vary from year to year, the total charitable deduction over the ten-year period—based on current IRS mortality and interest assumptions—will be approximately $44,600 (about 17.8% of the amount they contribute over the ten-year period).
  • Beginning in the year they both attain the age of 67, when retirement income becomes important, Michael and Lisa will receive $11,575 each year from their well-planned annuities. In addition, a portion of those payments will be excludable from their taxable income for their life expectancy.
  • Unlike a qualified retirement plan, there are no upper limits to their contributions or other restrictive requirements on the design of the plan.

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CONTACT US

Office of Gift Planning
800-338-3294
gift.planning@columbia.edu

 

Columbia University
622 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025

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