Retirement Plan Assets

Tax Relief For Loved Ones

Retirement plan assets are a great way to support the work at Lyric Opera of Chicago because they not only help support our mission, but they also can provide tax relief for your loved ones.

Money in an employee retirement plan, IRA, or tax-sheltered annuity has yet to be taxed. When a distribution is made from your retirement plan account to a beneficiary, that person will owe federal income tax.

Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to Lyric Opera of Chicago to support our work. As a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and will receive the full amount of what you designate. You can take advantage of this gift opportunity in the following ways:

Name us a beneficiary of your plan. This requires you to update your beneficiary designation form through your plan administrator. Here you can designate Lyric Opera of Chicago as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make Lyric Opera of Chicago the contingent beneficiary so that Lyric will receive the balance of your plan only if your primary beneficiary doesn't survive you.

A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) allows individuals who are 70½ years old or older to take advantage of a simple way to help our mission and receive tax benefits in return. You can give any amount up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Lyric Opera of Chicago without having to pay income taxes on the distribution. This popular gift option is also commonly called the IRA charitable rollover.

Fund a testamentary charitable remainder trust. When you fund a charitable remainder trust with your heavily taxed retirement plan assets, the trust will receive the proceeds of your plan. The trust typically pays income to one or more named beneficiaries for life or for a set term of up to 20 years, after which the remaining assets in the trust would go to support Lyric Opera of Chicago. This gift provides excellent tax and income benefits for you while supporting your family and our work.

A donor advised fund. When retirement plan assets pass to your heirs, distributions are taxed as ordinary income. This income tax burden can be substantial, greatly reducing the value of the intended gift. Instead, you can designate your donor advised fund as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan assets. Your fund receives the full amount of the gift and bypasses any federal taxes.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Mike Biver, J.D. at 312.827.5655 or mbiver@lyricopera.org for additional information.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Lyric in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Lyric Opera of Chicago
Address: 20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
Federal tax ID number: 36-6008929

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