Donating marketable real estate, such as a personal residence or vacation home, commercial property, or even vacant land, can be a creative way to make a significant gift to KQED and at the same time receive important tax benefits and even income. The benefits include a charitable income tax deduction, avoidance of capital gain tax at the time the gift is made, and removal of the property from your estate, potentially reducing estate taxes and probate costs. A gift of your real property can also relieve you of the burden of managing or selling the property. Real property gifts can be made in several ways:
- Outright gift: Your benefits from an outright gift of real property would include an income tax deduction for the property's full fair market value, removal of the property from your estate, and the reward of seeing your gift go to work for public broadcasting.
- Charitable remainder trust: If you still need the income generated by the property, a charitable remainder trust may be a good solution. The property is irrevocably transferred into a trust and sold, and the proceeds are reinvested to generate the earnings from which to pay you income for life or a term of years. After that, the remaining principal goes to support the many KQED programs you have enjoyed over the years. Additional benefits include a substantial income tax deduction in the year the trust is established and no capital gain tax at the time of the gift.
- Partial interest gift: If you do not wish to donate the entire property, you may deed to KQED an undivided partial interest. Alternatively, you may use such a partial interest to fund a charitable remainder trust. Typically in both instances, the entire property is sold, with the proceeds being shared proportionally between you and KQED, or between you and the charitable remainder trust. Your charitable deduction for the gift portion can help offset the capital gain tax on your portion of the property sale proceeds.
- Retained life estate: You may give KQED your personal residence, but retain the right to live in it for your lifetime. A retained life estate will give you an income tax deduction in the year you make the gift and the satisfaction of making an important gift during your lifetime.
- Bequest: You can make a testamentary gift of real estate through your will or trust.
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.