Gift your home, building, and land.
There are many options for donating your home, second home, commercial building, vacant land, farm, or other real estate to Hartford Hospital. There may be a gift plan available that will help you achieve your charitable and financial goals.
A gift of real estate could be right for you if you have any of these goals:
- You own real estate for which you no longer want to be responsible.
- You are willing to donate your home if you can continue to live in it.
- You own real estate that you are willing to sell to us for a bargain price.
- You own real estate that you are willing to donate if you get income in return.
- You want to save income taxes.
- You want to make a generous gift to the Hospital.
Common techniques for making a gift of real estate to the Hospital.
- Give your real estate now.
- Give your home now, but continue to live in it as long as you wish.
- Give your real estate now and receive payments for life.
- Give your real estate through your estate.
- Give a portion of your real estate and keep the rest.
- Sell your real estate to us for less than its appraised value.
More Real Estate Gift Details
The common techniques for making gifts of real estate are each briefly described below. We would be happy to discuss with you which technique might be best for your particular situation and goals.
Transfer your real estate to us outright
This is the simplest way for you to give Hartford Hospital a piece of real estate. By giving us all rights to your real estate, you will maximize your support of the Hospital, and you will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction equal to the full appraised value of your real estate.
Sell your real estate to us for less than its appraised value
When you sell the Hospital your real estate in a “bargain sale” arrangement, you will enjoy several benefits. You will receive an immediate cash payment equal to the sale price and an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the difference between your sale price and the appraised value of your property. You will also avoid tax on some of your capital gain in the property.
Give your home to us, but continue to live in it as long as you wish
When you give your home to the Hospital subject to a “retained life estate,” you can continue to live in your home for as long as you wish, for the rest of your life, or for the lives of you and your spouse. You will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the value of your home. You also can make a retained life estate gift using a second home, farm, or any structure you use as a personal residence, such as a boat.
Give your real estate now and receive variable payments for life
Using a gift arrangement called a “flip unitrust,” you can give your real estate now and start receiving payments as soon as your real estate has been sold. Your payments will vary with the value of your flip unitrust. Payments equal to 5% or 6% of trust value are typical. You will also receive a substantial income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift. In addition, there will be no immediate capital gains tax on the sale of your real estate.
Give your real estate now and receive secure fixed payments for life
Using a gift arrangement called a “deferred gift annuity,” you can give your real estate now and receive payments of a fixed amount starting on the date you choose. The payment amount will depend on your age and how long after your donation payments will begin. Payments are backed by the general resources of Hartford Hospital for life and may be partially tax-free. You also will receive a substantial income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift and avoid or defer capital gains tax.
Give us a portion of your real estate holding
Rather than give us all of your real estate holding, you can give us an “undivided fractional interest.” For example, if you own 100 acres of farm land, instead of physically dividing the property in half and donating 50 acres, you assign half the ownership of the entire property either directly to Hartford Hospital, or a charitable entity such as a Flip Charitable Remainder Unitrust.
Each recipient of such an interest would function as co-owner of the affected property and cost-basis, capital gains, and other valuations associated with the entire property would be allocated proportionately upon its joint sale. Working with your own advisor, you could determine what undivided fractional interest might work best to accomplish your personal and charitable objectives—i.e., desired charitable outcome, charitable deduction amount, capital gains mitigation, cash proceeds, and life income amounts for yourself or others.
Give your real estate through your estate
By making a gift of real estate through your estate, you will retain use of your property during your life. What’s more, you can change your gift plan whenever you wish, should your circumstances or priorities change. Putting your gift of real estate into your estate plan now will help assure that your wishes will be carried out later. You may also save estate taxes.
Special considerations when giving real estate
Giving real estate to our organization requires some extra steps of which you should be aware. These steps include the following:
- You will need to establish the value of your property by obtaining a qualified appraisal. To be valid for claiming your income tax charitable deduction, your appraisal must be conducted no more than 60 days before your donation and no later than the due date, including extensions, of your next tax return.
- We will need to examine your property and conduct our own independent analysis of its value. For example, we will want to know if there are any debts, taxes, or liens owed on your property.
- Once we accept your gift of real estate, we could become responsible for cleaning up any environmental problems your property may have. This sort of cleanup could be very expensive. Therefore, before we accept any gift of real estate, we routinely conduct a review to make sure the property has no environmental issues.
Elmer owns several buildings in his hometown. While they have been a good investment for him over the years, he’s ready to stop being a landlord. His properties have grown substantially in value, so he’s concerned that he will have a big capital gains tax bill to worry about if he sells them. He would also like to show his dedication to Hartford Hospital by making a major gift.
One of Elmer’s buildings is appraised for $300,000. He purchased it for $45,000. Elmer proposes that he donate it to the Hospital, which will eliminate his concern over capital gains tax. After performing our own review of the property, we confirm that the appraised value is accurate and that we have no environmental or financial concerns regarding Elmer’s property.
- Elmer receives an immediate $300,000 income tax charitable deduction.
- Elmer saves $111,000 in income tax and $51,000 in capital gains tax.
- Elmer is relieved of all responsibilities of owning the property.
- Elmer gains the satisfaction of providing substantial support to the Hospital.
Senior Philanthropic Officer