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Sale and Unitrust

Are your appreciated assets, such as stock, bonds or real estate, producing little or no income?

If you sell your appreciated assets, you will pay a large capital gains tax. A sale and charitable remainder unitrust may be the solution to avoid capital gains tax.

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Benefits of a sale and unitrust

  • Receive cash from the sale. You can use this cash to purchase another residence, to save for retirement, to travel, to meet your daily needs or to meet some other financial goal
  • Receive income from the unitrust for the rest of your life and future retirement
  • Obtain an income tax deduction that may reduce your tax bill this year
  • Further the work of East Carolina University with your gift

How a sale and unitrust works

  1. You establish a charitable remainder unitrust and transfer a portion of your assets to the trust.
  2. The assets are then sold. You receive cash from the sale, and the rest of the sale's proceeds are paid to the charitable unitrust.
  3. The trust will provide you with income for the rest of your life.
  4. You receive a charitable deduction this year to offset your tax on the cash proceeds that you receive from the sale.

More on sale and unitrust

When transferring a portion of your primary residence to fund a unitrust, you may apply your one-time home exclusion to reduce or eliminate capital gains tax that would otherwise be due from the sale. Your tax advisor can assist you to determine if you should utilize this strategy.

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If you have any questions about a sale and unitrust, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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Kendra Alexander Kendra Alexander
Gift and Estate Planning Officer
alexanderk@ecu.edu
252-328-9566
Greg Abeyounis Greg Abeyounis
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development
abeyounisg@ecu.edu
252-328-9573
Mark Hessert Mark Hessert
Associate Executive Director of the Pirate Club
hessertm@ecu.edu
252-737-4543

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.