Charitable Giving One of the most rewarding things you can do is to give back. Including charitable giving as part of your financial plan and your estate plan is not only emotionally gratifying — it can reduce estate taxes, too. Assess Your Own Financial Situation First It’s important to thoroughly assess how much money you need to support yourself in retirement. So before you offer financial aid to others, make sure you have sufficient resources to contribute. Careful Planning can Benefit Both You and Your Charity In addition to the emotional satisfaction you can derive from helping worthy causes, you may also be able to realize some tax benefits. Options for Charitable GivingMake an Outright Charitable Bequest in your Will.The easiest and most direct way to make a charitable giftOnly requires a short clause in your willAppropriate for smaller giftsIf you are 70.5 or Older, Utilize a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Give Money from your IRA.QCDs were made permanent in 2015QCDs count towards satisfying your Required Minimum Distribution(RMD)A QCD is sometimes more valuable than a regular charitable deduction because it reduces your Adjusted Gross IncomeDesignate a Qualified Charity as the Beneficiary of an IRA or Retirement Plan.Available for IRAs or employer-sponsored plans such as 401(k)s and 403(b)sCan be deducted for estate tax purposesThe charity will not have to pay income tax on the fundsUse a Charitable TrustCharitable lead trust. Pays income to your chosen charity for a certain period during your lifetime or after your death; after which the remaining trust assets are paid to one or more non-charitable beneficiaries named in the trust.Charitable remainder trust. Pays income to one or more beneficiaries, for example you or your family members for a term of years (not to exceed 20 years) or for life, with any remaining trust assets going to your designated charity. *Tax consequences will vary, seek the advice of your tax professional for additional information. Tax services are not offered or supervised by Lincoln Investment. Other Considerations for Giving Creating a plan for charitable giving can be a complex, but rewarding, process. If you Choose to Start a Plan for Charitable Giving, you Should also Discuss the Following with a Financial Advisor:Will you make gifts during your lifetime or at your death?If your gift is substantial, should you establish a charitable trust private foundation, or donor-advised fund? We Can Help you Help Others The team of Financial Advisors at Genesis Wealth Advisors can help you review your options for charitable giving, incorporate strategies into your financial plan. To learn more about Charitable giving and other financial services, contact Genesis Wealth Advisors to schedule an appointment today.