By using the charitable lead trust estate tool, you may provide valuable income to La Plata Open Space Conservancy now, while holding onto the assets you prefer to gift to your heirs. This is a great way to help LPOSC maintain day-to-day operations and to see the benefits of your gift during your lifetime, while preserving the trust property for your heirs. With this tool, you can transfer assets, such as cash, stocks and artwork, to a trust for a set term of years. Each year, payments are made from the trust to La Plata Open Space Conservancy. It is called a lead trust because the charity (the Land Trust) is entitled to the lead (or first) interest in the trust asset, and the noncharitable beneficiary (your heir) receives the remainder (or second-in-line) interest. Once the trust’s term expires, what is left goes to your heirs. Handling assets in this way can shelter the assets’ appreciation from estate taxes.
La Plata Open Space Conservancy accepts gifts of real estate. Whether you have land to donate for its environmental or conservation value, or land that we can sell or trade to raise funds to preserve critical open space, it is all valuable to LPOSC. This is a gift than can be given during life or bequeathed to LPOSC in order to reduce the value of your estate.
If you donate a conservation easement, you can still live on and manage your land. The taxable value of your existing land within the estate is significantly reduced, in many cases allowing agricultural or recreational land to remain in the family without significant tax consequences.
Naming La Plata Open Space Conservancy as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy is an easy way to make a sizable gift you may not have thought possible. When you irrevocably sign over ownership of your policy to LPOSC, you will receive an immediate charitable deduction (usually very close to the policy’s cash value).
Creating a charitable remainder trust can provide a substantial deduction on your income taxes and a reduction in estate taxes. These trusts are often created with properties (real estate or stock), which have a large capital gain. The donor creates the trust and receives back income of at least 5% for life or a term of years, and no capital gains taxes are paid. At the end of the life term or term of years, the property is distributed to La Plata Open Space Conservancy for its conservation work.
If you enjoy the freedom a second home offers, you may be looking to reduce your estate for tax planning purposes. You can make a generous gift of your home to La Plata Open Space Conservancy with the caveat that you retain the right to lifetime use and enjoyment. You will receive income tax benefits in the year of the gift.
Transferring a gift of stock is easy to do, and is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Your gift amount is based on the current market of value of the stock when you donate it. A gift of appreciated securities is a great way to avoid capital gains taxes, receive an income tax deduction, and support land and water conservation.
If you are considering a gift of land, please call Patrick Barker, Executive Director at (970) 259-3415 to discuss your interest and goals, so we can match it with our conservation strategy. All conversations are without obligation and confidential. If your land has significant conservation values, and no heir is available to protect your land; or if you own highly appreciated property, or have substantial real estate holdings which may result in high capital gains or estate tax burdens, a donation of land to La Plata Open Space Conservancy may be an attractive option. All rights to the land are transferred to La Plata Open Space Conservancy, resulting in an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the land, reduced estate taxes, and reduction of property taxes.
A bequest can be made by naming La Plata Open Space Conservancy as a charitable beneficiary either in your existing will (by adding an update, called a codicil) or when establishing a new will. Suggested Language: “I give, devise and bequeath to La Plata Open Space Conservancy, of Durango, Colorado, assets having a value equal to __% of my gross estate to be used for its general charitable purposes.” You can also name La Plata Open Space Conservancy as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. IRA, 401k, 403b’s are popular and effective saving vehicles. If you name LPOSC as a beneficiary in the event of premature death, none of the asset is subject to tax.
With a conservation easement in place, LPOSC maintains files for each property and works closely with each and every landowner to ensure their needs are met and the terms of the conservation easement are upheld. Annual monitoring site visits of the property are conducted by LPOSC to continue to strengthen this partnership over time.
LPOSC is available to its landowners when questions arise. When the time comes for a landowner to transfer the land to a new owner, LPOSC then begins a new partnership with the new landowner, ensuring the conservation goals for the property remain for generations to come.