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Recent Commentary

All Cash Merger

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Contributing stock to a Flip Unitrust prior to a merger saves donors immediate capital gain taxes, provides an income tax charitable deduction, and increases future retirement income.

IRS Updates Applicable Federal Rates for December 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The IRS has announced the Applicable Federal Rates for December 2019, including the Section 7520 rate of 2.0%.

How to Talk to Prospects: Negotiating the Major and Planned Gift

Saturday, October 14, 2006

This article addresses how easily gift planning options and ideas can be included in a marketing plan and then into each conversation with likely prospects, not just the super wealthy you've already identified. The misguided belief that you need to be technically proficient before you bring up planned giving is squashed; not a concern so long as you have experts in the wings to call in for the relatively few complex arrangements you may be lucky enough to experience. Lots of donor stories highlighting conversations that introduce gift planning concepts are included.

Increasing Lifetime Cash Flow with Annual Contributions to a CRT

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Flip-CRUT allows the donor to remove the stock from her taxable estate, create an income tax deduction, and increase her future cash flow.