A Smart Gift to Leave to The Museum of Flight

We Can Receive Your Commercial Annuity Tax-Free

Banks and life insurance companies typically sell commercial annuities. They provide the owner with fixed or variable income based on commercial rates of return. Because commercial annuities are subject to income and estate taxes, and for larger estates, federal taxes, they are often considered among the best assets to leave to charity. The best way to give a commercial annuity in support of our work after your lifetime is to name us as beneficiary.

Upon withdrawal, a distribution from a commercial annuity will be subject to federal income tax and applicable state income tax. By naming us as beneficiary, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee can receive your commercial annuity completely tax-free and any assets contributed to CDOM in this manner will result in a charitable deduction and help reduce any estate tax your estate might incur.

Making this gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary form with your bank or insurance company. You can designate us as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn’t survive you.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Sandra Dolese, CFRE, CSPG at 206-768-7199 or sdolese@museumofflight.org for additional information on commercial annuities.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the Museum in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: The Museum of Flight Foundation
Address: 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
Federal Tax ID Number: 91-0785826

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Museum of Flight a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to THE MUSEUM OF FLIGHT FOUNDATION, Federal Tax ID #91-0785826 ($_______ or _______% of the estate or description of property) for its unrestricted use and purpose.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Museum or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Museum as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Museum as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Museum where you agree to make a gift to the Museum and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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