Gifts of Retirement Assets
Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension, or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to SDSU.
If you are like most people, you probably will not use all of your retirement assets during your lifetime. You can make a gift of your unused retirement assets to help transform lives at SDSU.
Benefits of gifts of retirement assets
- Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets.
- Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis.
- Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction.
How to make a gift of retirement assets
To leave your retirement assets to South Dakota State University, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate the South Dakota State University Foundation as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift. It is very important to coordinate with the Office of Gift Planning to ensure your gift designation is allocated as you intend.
More on gifts of retirement assets
Did you know that 60%-70% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis, such as real estate and stock, and give the retirement assets to the SDSU Foundation. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.
If you have any questions about gifts of retirement assets, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.
Please let us know if you have already included South Dakota State University as a beneficiary of your retirement assets. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.