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, which pays income to you 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 are unable to donate the entire property, you may deed to us an undivided partial interest. Alternatively, you may fund a charitable remainder trust with such a partial interest. Typically in both instances, the entire property is sold, with the proceeds being shared proportionally between you and KQED (or the trust). Your charitable deduction for the gift portion can help offset the capital gain tax on the property interest you keep.
- Retained life estate: 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.
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