Banks and life insurance companies typically sell commercial annuities. They provide the owner with fixed or variable income based on commercial rates of return. Because commercial annuities are subject to income and estate taxes, they are often considered among the best assets to leave to charity. The best way to give a commercial annuity in support of Northwestern after your lifetime is to name the University as beneficiary.
Upon withdrawal, even after death, a distribution from a commercial annuity will be subject to federal income tax and applicable state income tax. By naming Northwestern as beneficiary, the University can receive your commercial annuity completely tax-free and any assets contributed to Northwestern in this manner will result in a charitable deduction and help reduce any estate tax your estate might incur.
Making this gift is as simple as updating your beneficiary form with your bank or insurance company. You can designate Northwestern as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make Northwestern the contingent beneficiary so that the University will receive the balance of your policy only if your primary beneficiary doesn’t survive you.
- Contact Northwestern Gift Planning at 800-826-6709 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on commercial annuities.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include Northwestern in your plans, please use Northwestern's legal name and federal tax ID number.
Legal Name: Northwestern University
Address: 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208
Federal Tax ID Number: 36-2167817
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.
This is not legal advice. Any prospective donor should seek the advice of a qualified estate and/or tax professional to determine the consequences of his or her gift.
Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association.