Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. God has blessed them financially. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio. While their investments increased substantially in value, their potential capital gains tax bill was rising. Now with retirement on the horizon, they were looking for a way to sell their highly appreciated stock, generate income for their future and avoid paying high capital gains tax.
Peter: For many years we had supported the work of the Evangelical Free Church of America. The EFCA Foundation sent us an e-mail that explained how we could make a gift of appreciated stock to them while bypassing potential capital gains taxes. I was thrilled to learn that after we transferred our portfolio to a charitable remainder trust, the trust would sell the stock tax-free.
Gail: I liked the fact that the trust would provide us with income for our retirement years. If something happened to Peter, I would still be taken care of for the remainder of my life.
Peter and Gail decided to make a gift of their appreciated stock to establish a charitable remainder unitrust. They were thrilled at the prospect of creating future income while fully bypassing capital gains tax.
Peter: When I heard that in addition to the other benefits, we would receive a charitable deduction for our gift, it was just icing on the cake! I wondered why everyone nearing retirement doesn't set up a charitable trust.