Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities

A deferred charitable gift annuity provides fixed payments to you for life in exchange for your gift of cash or securities. The payments start on a date you choose that is at least one year after you make the gift.

Deferred gift annuities are easy to set up, and the payments you receive are backed by the general resources of Caltech for as long as you live.

A deferred charitable gift annuity could be right for you if:

  •  You have sufficient income now but want to supplement your income later, for example, when you retire.
  •  You want the security of fixed, dependable payments for life.
  •  You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  •  You would like income that may be partially tax-free.
  •  You are considering a gift amount of $25,000 or more.
 

A Simple Contract
A deferred gift annuity is a simple arrangement between you and Caltech that requires a one or two page agreement.  There are minimal or no costs to you to establish the arrangement and no costs at all to maintain it.  

Fixed Payments for Life, Starting When You Want Them
In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, Caltech will pay you a fixed amount each year for life.

  • You choose when payments start.  For example, you can specify that payments start in the year you plan to retire.
  • Once your payments start, they will last for your lifetime.  You cannot outlive your payments.
  • Payments are predictable.  Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions.  You will get the same amount each year, no matter what.
  • Payments are very secure.  They are backed by the general resources of Caltech, not just by the assets you donate.

Tax-advantaged Payments
Typically, part of each payment will be tax-free for many years.  This tax-free portion makes your payments more valuable  than an equal amount of fully taxable income.  

Who Can Receive Payments?
You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity.  Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse.  You can, however, select any one or two people to receive the payments from your gift annuity.  For example, you may wish to provide income for a child, a sibling, or a faithful employee. 

Payment Amount Depends on Age and Years Until Payments Start
As shown in the table below, the older you are when you start receiving payments and the longer you wait until your payments start, the greater the payment rate you will receive.

Sample Deferred Annuity Rates for a $50,000 gift

Age at Gift Years Deferred Payment Rate Payment Deduction

55

10

6.4%

$3,200

$18,479

57

8

6%

$3,000

$18,579

59

6

5.6%

$2,800

$18,725

60 5 5.5% $2,750 $18,243

Tax Benefits

Income tax savings 
You will earn an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift.  The amount of this deduction will depend on several factors.  

Capital Gains Tax Savings
If you give appreciated property, such as stock, to create a deferred gift annuity, you will pay tax on only some of your capital gain in the property.  Even better, if you are the payment recipient of your deferred gift annuity, this capital gain will be spread out in installments over many years and won't start until the year you begin to receive payments.  In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

Estate Tax Savings
By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs.  The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.

Gift Example

David James, 55, works full time and expects to work for another 10 years or so. He owns CDs and a money market account, both of which pay about 2% interest each year.

David would like to make a significant gift to Caltech, but he wants to be sure he has adequate cash flow after he retires. He can dramatically increase his after-tax cash flow in his retirement by giving some of his CD or money market account funds to Caltech in exchange for a deferred gift annuity.

The table below illustrates the results if David gives $50,000 to create a deferred gift annuity that starts making payments in 10 years. In addition to earning a substantial income tax deduction, David is able to significantly increase his cash flow from the $50,000!

 

Tax benefit Income before tax Income after tax (39.6% tax rate)

David keeps $50,000 in CD/Money Market

None

$1,000

$604

David funds a 6.4% gift annuity with payments deferred 10 years

$18,479* income tax deduction

$3,200

$2,560

*Deduction amount may vary depending on the timing of the gift.