Many don’t realize that retirement plans, IRAs, life insurance, donor advised funds, and commercial annuities are not affected by a will. These accounts are dispersed according to beneficiary designations. The forms are often easier to update than a will, making them simple ways to leave a legacy.
Making the WVU Foundation the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, IRA, life insurance, or commercial annuities is easy:
Keeping Designations Up to Date
Beneficiary designations can be modified at any time. Experts suggest reviewing them every two to three years when reviewing your overall estate plan. This way you can ensure your assets reach the intended recipient(s), even as your needs change.
Jordan would like to leave the WVU Foundation a gift after passing, but would also like to leave something for a family member, Pat. Jordan is trying to decide where a $100,000 IRA should go. Naming the WVU Foundation as the beneficiary for 100 percent means we would receive the entire $100,000 to help fulfill our mission. By comparison, if Jordan leaves the IRA to Pat, a sizable amount of the IRA would be subject to income taxes.
|The value of Jordan’s IRA at death is $100,000.|
|Chosen Beneficiary||Pat||the WVU Foundation|
|Federal income taxes
(assumes a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket)
|Net amount to beneficiary||$76,000||$100,000|
To learn more about the advantages of designating the WVU Foundation as beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, life insurance, donor advised fund, or commercial annuities, or to learn more about changing your designations, please contact the WVU Foundation today.
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. California residents: Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. Oklahoma residents: A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. South Dakota residents: Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.
A qualified charitable gift annuity is not insurance under the laws of West Virginia, is not subject to regulation by the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, and is not protected by the West Virginia Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association established in Article 26A, Chapter 33 of the West Virginia Code or any other guaranty association established by the West Virginia Code.
Please Note: The minimum age for a charitable gift annuity is 50 and the minimum gift amount is $25,000.