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Retirement Plans

If you plan to make a Legacy Gift to the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, you may want to consider naming the club as the beneficiary of your 401(k), pension, or other retirement plan, and leaving other assets to your family. Retirement plan assets (IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), etc.) offer another easy method for planned giving. The funds can be transferred at death to the Woman’s Club by naming the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove as either the primary or contingent beneficiary of the account.

As these funds are not distributed until your passing, they are not subject to estate tax or income tax, thus the entire balance passes to the Woman’s Club.  When passed on to heirs, retirement plans can incur as much as 70 percent in taxes, because this asset faces double taxation. Naming the Woman’s Club the primary beneficiary avoids all income and estate taxes on the retirement plan.  Of course, you can also name the Woman’s Club for a portion of the assets, or as a contingent beneficiary, with the gift to be effective only after the death of a spouse or other family member.  To make a gift of your retirement plan, simply contact your plan manager, ask for a change of beneficiary form, and name the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove.

If you or your advisers have any questions about this information, please contact Virginia Yermoli  at 786-252-9272 or by email at: