Many don’t realize that retirement plans, IRAs, life insurance, donor advised funds and commercial annuities are not affected by a will. These accounts are dispersed according to beneficiary designations. The forms are often easier to update than a will, making them simple ways to leave a legacy.
Making Michigan State University the beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, IRA, life insurance or commercial annuities is easy:
Keeping Designations Up to Date
Beneficiary designations can be modified at any time. Experts suggest reviewing them every two to three years when reviewing your overall estate plan. This way you can ensure your assets reach the intended recipient(s), even as your needs change.
Jordan would like to leave Michigan State University a gift after passing, but would also like to leave something for a family member, Pat. Jordan is trying to decide where a $100,000 IRA should go. Naming MSU as the beneficiary for 100 percent means we would receive the entire $100,000 to help fulfill our mission. By comparison, if Jordan leaves the IRA to Pat, a sizable amount of the IRA would be subject to income taxes.
|The value of Jordan’s IRA at death is $100,000.|
|Federal income taxes
(assumes a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket)
|Net amount to beneficiary||$76,000||$100,000|
To learn more about the advantages of designating Michigan State University as beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, life insurance, donor advised fund or commercial annuities, or to learn more about changing your designations, please contact Michigan State University today.
Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. California residents: Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. Oklahoma residents: A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. South Dakota residents: Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.