CRAT – Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

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CRAT – Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, let’s look at some split-interest agreements you can use to pursue your philanthropic interests, earn some income and sidestep some tax expenses, too.

If you decide to give to donate to your favorite charities, you have to find suitable gift vehicles that allow you to claim tax deductions based on your effort. Charitable giving is an integral part of estate taxes and financial planning. Statistics show that about 3 in 10 taxpayers use charitable contributions to reduce their tax expenses. 

Some of the fan-favorite gift vehicles include:

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust 

A charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, aka, a CRAT is an entity that pays a fixed income to designated beneficiaries during its lifetime, and later, it goes to designated charities. To put it simply, the trust lasts until the grantor dies, at which point the remaining funds are donated to a pre-chosen charity.

How is a CRAT created?

A CRAT is created with the help of a trustee, usually a financial advisor or estate planning attorney, who helps develop the terms of the deal. Usually, the properties in the trust have to be sold, and the proceeds are put into investments suitable for producing wealth for donors. During the sale, care is taken to avoid tax expenses.

Payments to beneficiaries are in the form of an annuity, usually a fixed percentage of the assets’ original value in the trust. During the lifetime of the trust, the donor cannot make extra contributions.

Advantages of CRAT

  • CRATs guarantee beneficiaries a fixed income every year regardless of the performance of the underlying assets.
  • CRATs don’t incur liabilities since they are regarded as autonomous legal entities.
  • You can claim tax deductions from federal and state governments.
  • No capital gains tax on properties you give to the trust
  • You get to choose which charities get your wealth

Are you planning to use gift vehicles in your estate planning?

With an estate planning attorney’s help, you can set up charitable trusts and gifts of annuities.

Charitable giving is a fantastic estate planning tool; these gift vehicles allow you to donate to the charities of your choosing, reduce your tax burdens and receive dependable income for life.

Review other options below


CRUT - Charitable Remainder Unitrust

CLAT – Charitable Lead Annuity Trust


Bequest / Bequest of IRA

Gift Annuity – One or two lives