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Avoid Taxation and Support Our Work

Did you know that retirement accounts are exposed to federal income taxes that could be as much as 37% upon your death? The good news is that these taxes can be eliminated or reduced through a carefully planned charitable gift.

Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to West Virginia Wesleyan College to support our work. As a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and will receive the full amount of what you designate to us from your plan. You can take advantage of this gift opportunity in several ways, illustrated on the following pages.

Use a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust (CRT) to stretch payments from retirement plan assets. The SECURE Act eliminated the “stretch IRA” and retirement plan assets must now be distributed to most non-spousal beneficiaries within 10 years. If you would like your beneficiaries to receive distributions over a lifetime and support West Virginia Wesleyan College, a testamentary CGA or CRT may be a solution. The income beneficiaries can receive lifetime payments. The remainder will support West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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3 Ways to Donate Your Retirement Account

1

List WVWC as a beneficiary of your account.
The simplest way to leave the balance of a retirement account to West Virginia Wesleyan College after your lifetime is to list WVWC as the beneficiary on the form provided by your plan administrator. If you are married, your spouse must sign a written waiver.

2

Make WVWC a contingent beneficiary.
If you prefer to make your spouse the primary beneficiary of your retirement account, you can name West Virginia Wesleyan College as the contingent beneficiary. Want your children to benefit, too? Designate a specific amount for WVWC with the remainder for your children.

3

Give from your IRA.
If you are 70½ years or older, you can give any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as West Virginia Wesleyan College without having to pay income taxes on the money. Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.

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Example: Tax-Smart Planning

A longtime donor with a $1.5 million estate wants to leave West Virginia Wesleyan College a gift valued at $750,000. They also want to leave something to their only daughter who is in the 32% federal income tax bracket. Take a look at the options.

Option 1: Our donor divides assets equally between the daughter and WVWC.

Daughter Us
IRA $375,000 $375,000
Other assets (house, securities, cash) $375,000 $375,000
Federal income tax owed ($120,000) ($0)
Net amount to beneficiary after taxes $630,000 $750,000

Option 2: Our donor names WVWC the beneficiary of retirement plan assets and leaves the daughter all other assets.

Daughter Us
IRA $0 $750,000
Other assets (house, securities, cash) $750,000 $0
Federal income tax owed ($0) ($0)
Net amount to beneficiary after taxes $750,000 $750,000
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Next Steps

For more information, please seek guidance from an estate planning attorney, a CPA or other tax professional. We would be happy to answer any questions regarding charitable giving that you or your advisors may have. Feel free to contact us at no obligation.

Bob Skinner
Vice President for Advancement
Phone: 304-473-8540
Fax: 304-473-8543
Email: skinner_b@wvwc.edu
Erickson Alumni Center, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, FL 26201

Rose Ellen Loudin
Director of Advancement Operations
Phone: 304-473-8600
Email: loudin_r@wvwc.edu

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