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Nongrantor Lead Trust

How It Works

1. Create trust agreement stating terms of the trust (usually for a term of years) and transfer cash or other property to trustee

2. Trustee invests and manages trust assets and makes annual payments to St. Charles

3. Remainder transferred to your heirs



· Annual gift to St. Charles

· Future gift to heirs at fraction of property's value for transfer-tax purposes

· Professional management of assets during term of trust

· No charitable income-tax deduction, but donor not taxed on annual income of the trust

Gift Range: $100,000 and more

A nongrantor lead trust created during life does not provide the donor with a     charitable income-tax deduction, but neither is he or she taxed on any of the income earned

by the trust. At the end of the specified trust term, the assets remaining in the trust are distributed, usually to children or grandchildren.


The principal advantage of the nongrantor lead trust is that—because of the charitable gift- and estate-tax deduction attributable to the value of the payments St. Charles is to receive from the trust—it can significantly reduce or even eliminate (depending on when it is set up) the gift and estate taxes on the value of the assets used to fund the trust. (The longer the term of the trust and the greater the amount of the payments to St. Charles, the larger the charitable deduction.) In addition, any appreciation in the trust's value will avoid transfer (gift and estate) taxes when the assets are received eventually by the beneficiary(ies).

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