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Suitability Key to Utilizing a CRT to Sell a Business
In Part 1 of this two-part series, we met a business owner confronted with the need to reduce the tax bite arising from implementing an exit strategy from his family business. We introduced a CRT as a component of an overall strategy to avoid capital gains and net investment income tax, create a significant income tax deduction, provide the business owner with income for life, and fund a significant charitable gift at death. In Part 2, we will discuss four suitability considerations in creating a CRT and explore ways to avoid the two most common hazards encountered when using a CRT to sell a business.
One of the most misunderstood rules in the world of charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) is the so-called “10% remainder test.” For lawyers and accountants reading this blog post, the test is found at Internal Revenue Code Sec. 664(d)(1)(D) for charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRATs) and Sec. 664(d)(2)(D) for charitable remainder unitrusts (CRUTs).
A charitable remainder trust, or CRT, enables donors to set aside assets for the future benefit of a charity while receiving income for life.
A CRT is tax exempt
A CRT is tax-exempt. Accordingly, it is not subject to tax on its income or capital gains. As a tax-exempt trust, a CRT is an ideal method for selling an appreciated asset and avoiding the resulting tax liability while retaining an income stream for life. Read More »What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
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