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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% 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 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 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.

Use a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust (CRT) to stretch payments from retirement plan assets. The SECURE Act eliminated the “stretch IRA” and retirement plan assets must now be distributed to most non-spousal beneficiaries within 10 years. If you would like your beneficiaries to receive distributions over a lifetime and support Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, a testamentary CGA or CRT may be a solution. The income beneficiaries can receive lifetime payments. The remainder will support Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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3 Ways to Donate Your Retirement Account

1

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

2

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

3

Give from your IRA.
If you are 70½ years or older, you can give any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden without having to pay income taxes on the money. Beginning in the year you turn 72, you can use your gift to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.

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Example: Tax-Smart Planning

A longtime donor with a $1.5 million estate wants to leave Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a gift valued at $750,000. They also want to leave something to their only daughter who is in the 32% federal income tax bracket. Take a look at the options.

Option 1: Our donor divides assets equally between the daughter and the Zoo.

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 the Zoo 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.

Mary Ann Remke, MBA
Phone: 513-487-3342
Fax: 513-487-3344
Email: maryann.remke@cincinnatizoo.org
3400 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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