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A CLT Can Benefit Charity, Reduce Taxes & Transfer Assets to Heirs

A common goal of estate planning to avoid estate and gift taxes. A charitable lead trust (CLT) is one tool that can accomplish this objective. Although less familiar than charitable remainder trusts, CLTs can meet many of a donor’s tax, financial, and non-financial goalsall in the context of making a charitable gift. For example, a CLT may be used to accomplish one or more of the following:

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Which Life Insurance Policies are Suitable for Charitable Giving?

This is Part 2 of a 3-Part series on Charitable Gifts of Life Insurance. (Catch-up with Part 1).  In this post, we will focus on policy suitability and claiming the charitable deduction and then wrap up with a Case Study. Part 3 will describe a client who gave an existing policy and a client who gave cash to a charity, which then purchased a new life insurance policy.

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For Love of the Hyphen…

The winds of change blow constantly across the philanthropic landscape.  Legislation, donor transparency, even social media, have swept through the industry at different times to shake-up the status quo.  Here at Renaissance we decided it was time to kick-up a little dust for a cause we strongly believe is not getting the attention it deserves: the hyphen.

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Using a CRT to Sell a Business: Part 2

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.

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