What Is a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT)?

A Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) is a donor-funded charitable trust that pays a fixed-income annuity to a designated beneficiary.

The Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust has four key characteristics.

Gift transaction – A charitable remainder annuity trust is a gift transaction.

Fixed percentage of the value of assets – Once established, the CRAT allocates a fixed income annuity. This amount is usually calculated as a fixed percentage of the initial value of the assets in the trust. At the expiration of the trust, any funds that remain in the trust are then donated to a pre-chosen charity. The fixed annuity percentage is subject to certain rules.

  • The minimum annuity distribution value is 5%.
  • The passing of the donor passes signals the expiration of the trust.

Reliable stream of income – CRATS offer a sense of reliability, in that their beneficiaries enjoy a guaranteed income stream every year; the amount received never fluctuates despite investment performance.

Shielded from liability – Because these trusts are autonomous legal structures, charitable remainder annuity trusts are shielded from liability.


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Other Trusts

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)

This “split-interest” giving trust preserves the value of high-value assets, affords income tax reductions, and is tax exempt for the investor.

Charitable Remainder UniTrusts (CRUT)

This type of CRT is based on a fixed percentage of the fluctuating value of the trust assets. Additional contributions are allowed.

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