Gifts of Retirement Assets
Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to WBUR.
Benefits of gifts of retirement assets
- Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets
- Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis
- Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction
How to make a gift of retirement assets
To leave your retirement assets to WBUR, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian.
- When you designate WBUR as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death.
- Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift.
WBUR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, licensed by Boston University and whose legal name is Trustees of Boston University. Thus, your gift should be made to "Trustees of Boston University for the benefit of WBUR." WBUR will be the sole recipient of your gift.
More on gifts of retirement assets
Did you know that 60%-70% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death?
- Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis, such as real estate and stock, and give the retirement assets to WBUR. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.
If you have any questions about gifts of retirement assets, please contact us.
Please let us know if you have already included WBUR as a beneficiary of your retirement assets. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.