CLAT – Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

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CLAT – Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

Charitable Lead Annuity Trust CLAT

A charitable lead annuity trust, aka a CLAT, is a type of charitable lead trust which then makes fixed payments to a designated charity during its lifetime. The payment is in the form of an annuity. At the end of the CLAT’s term, any remaining assets in the trust are passed to beneficiaries or revert to the donor. If the grantor wishes, the trust can also make payments to selected funds from which additional charitable gifts can be distributed according to the grantor or their family’s directions.

A CLAT can be further categorized as a non-grantor or grantor CLAT, depending on its structure. A grantor CLAT is structured such that the donor controls the assets in the trust and gets an immediate income tax deduction for the present value of the annuity stream going to the charity.

On the other hand, a non-grantor CLAT doesn’t provide immediate income tax deduction because it belongs to the trust, not the donor. However, at the end of the CLAT term, the donor can claim charitable deductions based on the value of assets the trust pays them.

Advantages of CLAT arrangements

  • Donor families can receive a substantial charitable deduction, thus preserving their wealth.
  • The donor can claim immediate income tax charitable deduction in the case of a grantor CLAT
  • The owner of a non-grantor CLAT is due for a gift tax charitable deduction determined by the present value of the interest received by the charity.

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