Sale and Unitrust
Carol: We talked about selling the stock, but that would have required us to pay a large tax bill. We had hoped to sell the stock to buy a vacation home. We had found a very nice summer cottage for sale on a nearby lake. The price was approximately $120,000.
Gene: We checked with our CPA; he suggested that we talk to a gift planner at our favorite charity. The gift planner told us about a sale and unitrust. We were happy to discover that with a sale and unitrust we could transfer $280,000 worth of the stock into a special trust called a charitable remainder unitrust. The unitrust could then sell the stock tax free.
Carol: Best of all, we were able to sell the rest of the stock for $120,000 cash. The deduction from the gift transferred to the trust saved enough in taxes to offset the capital gains tax on the $120,000 that we received from the stock sale. As a result, we could use the full $120,000 to purchase the lake home.
Gene: This was a wonderful arrangement. We now have income and are enjoying our dream house on the lake.
Is a sale and unitrust right for you?
If you own highly appreciated property, such as real estate or stocks, you could benefit from a sale and unitrust. The trust will help you bypass capital gains, will provide you with a charitable income tax deduction in the year of the gift and could increase your income. The sale part of this transaction could provide you with a one-time lump sum payment.