For the charitably inclined, certain types of gifts can provide solutions to taxing problems:
Charitable bequest If you would like to make a substantial gift for Missouri S&T but you do not have the current disposable income or assets to do so now, consider a charitable bequest.
Cash, checks, and credit cards A gift of cash is easy to make, and the gift is not subject to gift or estate tax. A contribution of cash or by a check that is postmarked in December is deductible for that tax year—even if Missouri S&T receives it in January—provided the account against which the check was written had sufficient funds to cover it in December. A contribution by credit card must be made by December 31 in order to be deductible for that tax year.
Charitable gift annuity Support Missouri S&T and receive a fixed income for life. In exchange for your gift, Missouri S&T will provide payments for life to you or a beneficiary you designate.
Charitable remainder annuity trust Provides for payment of a fixed-dollar amount—annually or at more frequent intervals—to the designated beneficiary(ies). The amount must equal at least 5% of the initial fair-market value of the trust.
Gifts of retirement plans at death Retirement-plan benefits left to heirs are often more highly taxed than other assets. Consider giving them to Missouri S&T instead to make a meaningful gift and leave other assets to heirs.