How Can Life Insurance Be Given to a Charity?

How Can Life Insurance Be Given to a CharityMake a Charity the Beneficiary of an Existing Policy

If you have a life insurance policy you no longer need, you can name the charity as the beneficiary of the policy, meaning that the charity will receive the policy’s death benefit after you die. While there are no
current tax benefits to this approach, the value of the policy will be removed from your estate for federal estate tax purposes.

Make a Charity the Owner and Beneficiary of an Existing Policy

Instead of simply naming the charity as beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy, you transfer full ownership of the policy to the charity. The charity will then receive the policy’s death benefit after you die. In addition to removing the value of the policy from your estate for federal estate tax purposes, this approach also provides you with current federal income tax deductions.

Help a Charity Purchase a New Insurance Policy on Your Life

If you wish to make a substantial future gift to a charity at a relatively low cost to you, another alternative is to consider purchasing a new life insurance policy and name the charity as the policy owner and beneficiary. You then arrange to pay the premiums through gifts to the charity. This approach provides federal income tax deductions and the policy proceeds are not included in your estate for federal estate tax purposes.

Important Note: 

Most states through their “insurable interest” laws allow a charity to be the owner and/or beneficiary of an insurance policy on a donor’s life. Since state laws do vary, however, it is important to consult with a professional advisor before making a gift of life insurance to a charity. Please contact my office if we can be of assistance. Published by The Virtual Assistant; © 2011 VSA, L

How Can Life Insurance Be Given to a Charity

There are a number of ways you can arrange for a charity of your choice to receive the benefits of your life insurance policy. Contact us for more information.

 

About The Author

Richard Eddy

Founder of Rates4Term.com and Cona Financial Group Richard Eddy has been assisting clients with their life insurance needs since 2005. He is an expert helping people find the right policy to fit their specific situation. In addition to insurance planning, he is also experienced in a wide range of financial planning topics including investment and portfolio analysis, tax planning, retirement planning and estate preservation strategies. You can call Richard toll-free at (877) 883-3561.