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By naming Fidelity Charitable in your will or as a beneficiary to a qualified insurance policy, retirement plan or charitable trust, your legacy of giving can live on indefinitely. This can help reduce or even eliminate the burden of estate tax for your heirs and your Giving Account can continue to support the charities you love. Consider the following options:
Charitable bequests are an easy way to leave money to charity in your will. Simply specify a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or specific assets or real estate1 you wish to bequeath to Fidelity Charitable. Such bequests are generally allowed as charitable deductions in determining the net value of the taxable estate, and no limitations are imposed on the total amount that can be deducted for qualified charitable gifts against the estate tax.
1Fidelity Charitable generally does not accept non-publicly traded assets or tangible personal property by will unless the estate will liquidate the assets and distribute cash to Fidelity Charitable.
Life insurance policies and retirement plans, like IRAs and 401(k)s, often end up being the most valuable assets in a person's estate. To move these assets out of a potentially high-tax situation, you can name Fidelity Charitable as either their sole beneficiary, or one of multiple beneficiaries. Talk to your life insurance provider and retirement plan administrator about making these changes.
You can also name Fidelity Charitable as the beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder or Charitable Lead Trust. If you have an existing charitable trust and it is set up to benefit a different charitable organization, you may be allowed to change the beneficiary to Fidelity Charitable. This can provide the flexibility to support a greater variety of charities beyond the term of the trust.