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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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What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

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?