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Donate part of your RRSP or RRIF

A future gift of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or income fund (RRIF) can be made without sacrificing your retirement lifestyle and is a great way to reduce taxation on any remaining assets in your funds.

In your estate all of the assets in your RRSP or RRIF will be taxed as income on your final tax return. This can result in the loss of nearly half of these assets to taxation. By giving a portion of the remaining assets in your RRSP or RRIF to us, you can eliminate most or all of these taxes that your estate would have to pay.

Charitable Annuities

A charitable annuity can be set up when you gift an amount of cash or other assets to us in exchange for a guaranteed income. Part of the gift is used to purchase the annuity to provide you with a steady income and part of the gift is donated to us. The donation provides a tax receipt. The income you receive, depending on your age, can be tax free.

With a bit of planning, a charitable annuity may provide a unique solution that enables a gift to us, yet also provides you with tax free income.

Charitable annuities may be an option to provide tax free income from your current investments.

Contact us for more information.

Publicly Traded Securities

Publicly traded securities such as stocks, income trust units, bonds, mutual fund units and shares offer an advantage in making a major reduction to your taxable income. By gifting the stock directly to DUC, you can avoid capital gains tax and receive a tax credit for the donation. If your securities have appreciated in value, your tax savings may be more than the original cost of
the securities.

See our Securities Transfer Form for more information.

To fully determine how a planned gift can fit into your financial or estate plans, we suggest that you discuss these options with your legal, tax or financial advisors. We can provide a third-party contact to help you. This information is not intended as specific legal advice. Consult your attorney when considering any legal matters. The laws which govern wills and contracts vary and are subject to change.

Rose’s Scenario

Rose was a widow who had always appreciated wildlife, especially waterfowl. When her husband was still alive, they decided that whatever was left in their RRSPs, after they were both gone, would go to us. They named us as the beneficiary of the remaining assets of the last living spouse in their RRIF. When Rose passed away, there was approximately $250,000 left in assets gifted to us.

Let’s examine what Rose’s estate would have had to pay in taxes:

Remaining assets in Rose’s RRIF:

Tax due on these remaining RRIF assets:

Amount left after taxes:

No gift to charity, but Rose’s estate does retain $137,500 from the RRIF. This is important to note. With a little planning, you can choose where your money will go.

As it was Rose’s wish to make a donation to us, this is what actually happened:

Remaining assets in Rose’s RRIF:

Tax due on these remaining RRIF assets:

Tax credit on $250,000 gift to us:

Tax due:

Gift to charity:

* Based on a 45% combined tax rate.