We all want our lives to be meaningful and leave behind a legacy. This is actually pretty easy to do with thoughtful planned giving.
Planned giving is a donation strategy that allows people to support the registered charity of their choice with funds from their estate and minimize the tax burden and estate administration fees.
Planned giving can be done several different ways:
- Cash Gifts
- Gifts in kind through stocks and real estate,
- Life insurance proceeds
- RRSP or RRIF proceeds.
There are two main benefits to planned giving:
1) You can make a meaningful contribution to the charity of your choice; and
2) When done correctly, planned giving can provide your estate with significant tax relief which allows you to leave more money to your loved ones and your favourite charity, while protecting the transfer of valuable assets such as a business or a cottage.
Donna and Dave are 55 years old and have two children. Right now, they have $400,000 in registered assets and they donate regularly to charity. When they die, their estate will have a $200,000 tax bill, flowing from the taxes payable on their registered assets. This means they have to choose between leaving money to their children or leaving money to a charity. They simply cannot do both.
Estate Tax Due ($200,000)
Net Estate to Children $200,000
Charitable Donation: $0
Estate tax due: ($200,000)
Total insurance premium: ($57,667)
Charitable Tax Receipt: $200,000
Net Estate to Children: $342,333
Insurance Donation to Charity: $400,000
*Source: Manulife Financial
**$400,000 face value policy, premiums based on current age