A charitable lead trust can work well for high net worth individuals who face substantial estate and gift tax liability. Income-producing assets such as stock or real estate are irrevocably transferred to a lead trust, which pays income to an organization like KQED for a number of years. Following the term of the trust, the property transfers back to other individuals - typically the donor's children or grandchildren - at reduced costs, because appreciation of the asset while it is in the lead trust is not taxed when transferred back. This is an excellent way to transfer to your heirs assets that are expected to appreciate in value.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.