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Life Insurance Donations: Having your Cake and Eating It Too in Virginia

Gifting insuranceIt’s possible for the  philanthropically-minded  to donate their life insurance to charity and get an attractive tax deduction.

Life insurance can be an incredible boon to your family, and a buffer against a dozen high-cost issues or a source of much-needed liquidity in the face of an estate tax. Then again, you might just end up not needing it all. What do you do with the policy?  The good news is that you can put the life insurance policy to good use by donating it to a worthy cause.  WealthManagement.com explained the motive and the usefulness of the approach a short time ago in a recent article titled “Donating Life Insurance.

What if it turns out that you won’t need that life insurance policy for which you scrimped to pay premiums over the years? Your children are grown and on their own, plus you have built up enough wealth to carry you and your spouse through retirement. Perhaps you have forgotten about that old policy sold to you by a college buddy when he was just getting into the business. In short, the policy is “found money” you really do not need now.

Consider this: your favorite charity could make good use of your policy and its eventual proceeds. Charities are far more amenable to such unique gifts than you might realize. Instead of the eventual proceeds being a potential tax burden to your estate, you can claim a current charitable deduction. The proverbial having your cake and eating it too!

Be sure to read the original article for more of the particulars. Then, before taking action, schedule a consultation with your estate planning attorney to make sure you connect all of the dots and get the best benefit while doing the most good.  

You can learn more about this topic as well as other strategies on our website under the tab entitled: estate planning in Virginia. Be sure you also sign up for our complimentary e-newsletter so that you may be informed of all the latest issues that could affect you, your loved ones and your estate planning.

Reference: WealthManagement.com (March 18, 2014) “Donating Life Insurance

 

 

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