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Avoid Taxation and Support Our Work

Did you know that retirement accounts are exposed to federal income taxes that could be as much as 37 percent upon your death? The good news is that these taxes can be eliminated or reduced through a carefully planned charitable gift.

Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to Make-A-Wish to support our work. As a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and will receive the full amount of what you designate to us from your plan. You can take advantage of this gift opportunity in several ways, illustrated on the following pages.

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3 Ways to Donate Your Retirement Account


List Make-A-Wish as a beneficiary of your account.
The simplest way to leave the balance of a retirement account to Make-A-Wish after your lifetime is to list Make-A-Wish as the beneficiary on the form provided by your plan administrator. If you are married, your spouse must sign a written waiver.


Make Make-A-Wish a contingent beneficiary.
If you prefer to make your spouse the primary beneficiary of your retirement account, you can name Make-A-Wish as the contingent beneficiary. Want your children to benefit, too? Designate a specific amount for Make-A-Wish with the remainder for your children.


Give from your IRA.
Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution. You can give any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Make-A-Wish without having to pay income taxes on the money.

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Example: Tax-Smart Planning

A longtime donor with a $1.5 million estate wants to leave Make-A-Wish a gift valued at $750,000. They also want to leave something to their only daughter who is in the 32 percent federal income tax bracket. Take a look at the options.

Option 1: Our donor divides assets equally between the daughter and Make-A-Wish.

Daughter Us
IRA $375,000 $375,000
Other assets (house, securities, cash) $375,000 $375,000
Federal income tax owed ($120,000) ($0)
Net amount to beneficiary after taxes $630,000 $750,000

Option 2: Our donor names Make-A-Wish the beneficiary of retirement plan assets and leaves the daughter all other assets.

Daughter Us
IRA $0 $750,000
Other assets (house, securities, cash) $750,000 $0
Federal income tax owed ($0) ($0)
Net amount to beneficiary after taxes $750,000 $750,000
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Next Steps

For more information, please seek guidance from an estate planning attorney, a CPA or other tax professional. We would be happy to answer any questions regarding charitable giving that you or your advisors may have. Feel free to contact us at no obligation.

Nicole Powers Nicole Powers
Director of Planned Giving
Phone: 800-722-9474, Ext. 3249 or 602-792-3249 (direct)
Fax: 602-792-3250
1702 E. Highland Ave #400
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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