Deferred-Payment Gift Annuity


This type of gift might appeal to you if you want to support Taylor, are 40 to 60 years old, have a high income, need to benefit now from a current tax deduction, and are interested in augmenting potential retirement income.

The deferred-payment gift annuity involves the current transfer of cash or marketable securities in exchange for which Taylor agrees to pay the donor an annuity starting at a future date—usually at the donor's retirement. The gift can consist of a single transfer, a series of transfers, or periodic transfers to the plan in high-income years.

You realize an immediate charitable deduction for the gift portion of each transfer to the deferred gift-annuity plan. A portion of each annuity payment, when the payments begin, will be a tax-free return of principal over the life expectancy of the annuitant. When appreciated, long-term, capital-gain securities are transferred, any reportable capital gain is spread out over the donor-annuitant's life expectancy.

Gift Range: $10,000 and more

Example: Mr. and Mrs. Cullen, both 55, wish to supplement their retirement income with deferred-payment gift annuities. After consulting with their own financial advisors and a member of our staff, they decide to contribute $10,000 each year for the next ten years to Taylor's gift-annuity program.

The tax and financial benefits of this arrangement to the Cullens are as follows:

  • Under the deferred-gift arrangement, the Cullens are entitled to a charitable deduction for each annual contribution. While the deductions vary from year to year, the total charitable deduction over the ten-year period, based on current IRS mortality and interest assumptions, will be approximately $23,000 (23% of the amount they contribute over the ten-year period).
  • At the age of 65, when retirement income becomes important, the Cullens will receive $5,800 each year from their well-planned annuities. In addition, a portion of those payments will be excludable from their taxable income for their life expectancy.
  • Unlike a qualified retirement plan, there are no upper limits to their contributions or other restrictive requirements on the design of the plan.


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